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August Fishing Forecast

As of writing this article, the well is finally under control; for now.   If everything remains on schedule the well should be sealed with concrete by sometime in mid-August.  It doesn’t mean this catastrophe is over, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. There’s a lot of oil in the northern Gulf, but for the first time, every gallon of oil removed will be one less that can destroy the coastal areas of Louisiana and other gulf states. 

Here in the Keys, the water is clear and we are a LONG way from the oil spill.  Despite the warm conditions this is a great time of year for fishing in the Upper Keys.  As I always mention, the best way to locate fish is to look for bait and the fish will be somewhere in the vicinity.  If the water is ultra-shallow you will want to pole along the shoreline keeping a close eye for shadows lurking under the mangroves.  However, if the water is deep enough to run the trolling motor you will have a better vantage point from the deck to look under the trees.  During the day snook tend to hang close to cover and will congregate in areas with overgrowing mangroves and close to stumps and snags.  Live bait such as pilchards or finger mullet are great bait if you can find them.  But, I have been having a lot of success pitching Berkley Gulp Jerk Shads or the 4” shrimp rigged on the XL HookUp lures.  These rigs can be easily skipped under the roots where most fish will be laying during the day.  Make sure to keep the lure moving in order to entice the bite.  The biggest mistake anglers make is to stop the retrieval when they see the fish coming after it.  Don’t be surprised to find juvenile tarpon and redfish moving along the same shorelines and possibly a snook.  These fish have been eating the same lures with a slight modification in the action.  For the tarpon, I work my baits faster keeping it just below the surface.  The redfish seem to be the exact opposite preferring a slower presentation which matches there typical diet of crustaceans.  Work your bait slowly by bouncing it off the ground creating a slight puff of mud each time it contacts the bottom. There have been good numbers of reds up on the flats surrounding Flamingo.  Keep an eye on the tide tables and as the tide bottoms-out concentrate on fishing runoffs and trenches that cut into the flat. 

Lobster season has begun! As of August 6th the 2010 season is underway for both recreational and commercial bug hunters.  For those who like to go after “bugs” in the Florida Keys, remember that the limit is 6 per person with at least a 3” carapace.  Divers and snorkelers will be able to find lobster huddled around any structure on the oceanside or bayside from Ocean Reef all the way down through Key West.  If you want to stay dry and experience something different, try bully-netting for lobster at night.  Bully-nets are used in conjunction with underwater lights to find and net lobster from the comforts of your boat without having to get wet.  For more information about bullynetting, go to my website http://www.keylargocharters.com.

'Til next time, Tight Lines and Light Winds…….

Captain Lain