August Fishing Forecast
August brings up thoughts of drawn butter, lemon wedges, drawn butter and Florida Spiny Lobster tails. Pop the top on a Islamorada Ale and get to grillin’ & chilling’! Its seafood season here in the Florida Keys now more than ever with Dolphin and Tuna offshore and Mangrove snapper on the reef eating what ever you drift past their noses, right now it doesn’t get much better. The calm & heat of August also can be great for those who enjoy sight fishing on the expansive flats of the backcountry waters of the Everglades National Park. This is the time of the year where the crowds on the flats thin out yet its the time of the year where herds of Redfish can be found munching up on the flats.
This past July was outstanding for the Offshore gang, the Mahi bite went ballistic! Slammer dolphin made a late appearance throughout the Keys and plenty of 30-50 pound fish where brought to the gaff on a daily basis and gaffer sized fish where thicker than fleas on a hounds backside too. August brings calm waters and this makes it the easiest month for small boat owners to get offshore and enjoy some excellent deep water fishing, get up and out there early to beat the heat and remember the Florida’s Lobster season opens at 12:00 A.M. on August 6th so stop on the reef on the way home and pick a few juicy bugs to compliment your Bluewater catch.
Backcountry fishing this month is as good as any other month here in the Keys. The usual fish are to be found out there, the heat is a huge consideration and the early mornings are much more comfortable than the mid to late afternoon blast furnace conditions the occur on a flats skiff. We tend to fish early mornings ’til noon and then 5-9 P.M. with my clients at Bamboo Charters. Mid day we plan snorkel trips to the shallow reefs on the Atlantic side of the islands.
With Lobster season set to kick off on August 6th at 12:00 A.M. there are thing to keep in mind. Most importantly is to check your Florida Fishing License and make sure to have a Lobster permit as well. They are easily bought at County Tax offices and on-line at www.MyFWC.com you can also find all of the Regulations to be followed while hunting bugs right there on the web site. Go through your dive gear and check straps on fins and masks, check your regulators for proper working condition and the mouth piece for wear. Don’t forget to make sure your tanks are properly inspected and the HYDRO date is still good, otherwise you won’t be able to have them filled for opening day. Dive flags need to be flown properly and at all times that anyone is in the water from your boat or shoreline. I can’t stress this enough! A DIVE FLAG flying from a bouy or boat means that you as a boater must operate your boat at IDLE SPEED ONLY within 100 yards of that flag in all directions, its truly a matter of life or death. Take care around bridges and channels as there will be morons hunting bugs and not flying dive flags so act accordingly, we were all morons at one time and sooner or later we had the luck to grow out of that period. Give these guys there chance.
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