What a July we had. I would like to say it was a great July on the water but that would be a fish story. July was a tuff month for fishing, I have kind of gotten used to it being tougher over the years but this past July was more difficult than in the past. Normally mackerel are a go to fish in July and having them around always helps with the Shark bite. Not happening out there yet. The mackerel should be about to invade the bay as our bait hatch is behind us and the fry baits are starting to show up everywhere. The positive side of July was the Snapper bite. The Mangrove Snapper are back and we have been catching pretty good numbers of them when targeted. August should be about the same as July with the exception of the Mackerel WILL show up. Trout should be a decent bite early or late in the day in the deeper grasses. Redfish will be a hit or miss as the water temps are high and keeping bait alive in the shallows is a problem. The big schools of big Redfish are just around the corner. Tarpon will be a steady in August if going big is your thing. I did not run a Tarpon trip in July (first July ever that I have not Tarpon fished) but know that there are a lot being caught right now. Snook will also be a target as we are seeing some pretty good numbers of them. It has been a long year and a half waiting on them to rebound. They are not there yet but showing us their on their way. I can't wait to see what August hold and am looking past August a little to the fall. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don't let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing.
Anyone interested in the Stoneybrook Surf and Turf Challenge on Aug.19th and 20th, just let me know and I will send you the info.
Capt. Ric Liles
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