As July comes to an end and August arrives the weather is hot and so is the fishing! The Tarpon are chewing, the reds are starting to school up, snook are in the passes and snapper are all over! All in all, Reelfishing charters are catching fish and keeping the rods bent.
The tarpon fishing action is still going strong! The big schools have broken up but lots of fish are still hanging around Boca Grande pass, the beaches and the upper harbor. Artificial baits like DOA Baitbusters and Storm swim baits have been very effective as well as live-bait. If you want to catch a tarpon it not too late!
Redfish are finally starting to school up and I am seeing more and more over the past few weeks. I have had quite a few 20 plus fish days recently and they are averaging 25″-30″plus inches and weighing from 5 lb. to 15lb. I’m not seeing a ton of schools yet but that is just a matter of time! August is when it really starts to get good!
Snook fishing has been very good lately as well. I have had multiple 20-40 plus fish trips. Most of the fish are still averaging a 22″ -26″ but I have had quite a few fish well over 30” and weighing as much as 20 lbs. It’s August and the snook have gathered around the passes and beaches as they prepare for their annual spawn. Scaled sardines, pinfish and grunts will surely be the baits of choice for big snook in August.
The snapper fishing is outstanding this year! Every wreck and piece of structure around seems to have a load of snapper on it. Most of the fish are in the 1 lb. - 2 lb. range and nice limits have been pretty easy to get. If you like to eat fish there is no finer table fare!
Catch Fish, No Excuses!
Capt. Danny Latham
Skeeter Pro Staff