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AUGUST 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER...HAVE ARRIVED!

 

Oh yes.... we have entered the August "Dog Days of Summer"!  What can I say? Low water levels, little wind, and lots of sunshine, equals HOT. That is mainly what defines the month of August here in the coastal bend, and all along the Texas coast. It makes a fishing guide sweat just thinking about it. August is the time for catching or going after redfish mainly. 

 

Typically trout "CATCHING" (or fishing) tapers off quite a bit during this month. Don't get me wrong,

trout can and will be caught. You just have to work harder and fish smarter to get them!!!

August is also close to the height of hurricane season. Hurricanes and tropical storms bring with them higher tides raising our water levels, and usually much needed rain. With the incoming strong surge or tide, look for ALL fish to be on the move. With an approaching low pressure system fish feed longer and feel better overall. Once the water levels are on the rise, flooding the shorelines and flats, redfish and black drum will move up on them and will be feeding. You can either fish the shorelines anchored in a boat, drift the flats, or wade fishing these areas will also be the way to catch a bunch of fish. But then again, we don't have these kind of conditions (hurricanes/tropical storms) every week, thank God. So when the water levels get low, look for redfish & drum to be
holding along the edges of the ICW, flats, shorelines, and the deeper holes throughout the flats. Some other good places to try are out in front on the many sloughs or creeks leading into our back lakes. When the tides are low, redfish will congregate in these areas waiting for the water level to come back up so that they can get back into "their" feeding areas. I must also add to this the shell or LIVE oyster reefs in our northern bays.

 


Redfish and black drum love to hang around lots of shell such as Ayer's Reef, Spalding Reef, East Pocket,

and the spoils along the ICW. The presence of nervous baitfish is a must while fishing these areas!

 

Another clue to finding redfish in these areas is to look for brown pelicans sitting on the water close to or on top of the reef. Reefs with 1-2 feet of water on top of them will be best. The reds will be ON TOP or just off the edge of the reef.  Towards the middle or end of August, look for the redfish to begin schooling up and getting ready for the move towards our passes and jetties for the spawn. The spawn usually kicks off in September and is in high gear by October. Redfish will congregate in large schools in the flats and along the shorelines of our major islands such as San Jose, Matagorda, and Mustang. The best places to look for these schools of fish are along the shoreline that has some sort of flat or extended shoreline a ways out form the dry part of land. Such areas include Super Flats, Ayer's Point, Twin Lakes, Cedar Flats, East Flats, and other such areas.


When there is little water movement and the bay water temps are like bath water, trout get "heat stroke" if you will. Look at it this way: Do you like to get out
in the middle of the day when the sun and heat is at it's highest to do your outside work? I bet most of you say. "no way Jose". Wouldn't you rather do your work
very early in the morning or late in the evening when it's not so hot? The same holds true for our speckled trout.


With water temps high, look towards the middle of the bays where water temps are a little lower down deeper. The presence of baitfish is a must too because the predatory fish will not be far from them. All fish, including the baitfish, during this time of year will be hunting the coolest water they can find. With this in mind, look towards the bays of Corpus Christi, Copano, Aransas, Nueces, & San Antonio bays to find the coolest waters. Run off from rains, and just normal river flow cools these waters somewhat. Plus, they are some of the deepest bays in our area. Don't forget about the spoils along the ICW around such areas as Estes Flats, then all the way down to Dagger Island in Redfish Bay. Some other good places to try are the many wells out in the middle of Corpus Christi Bay.
 


Of course, when the water temps get high, the heat is on and there is almost non-existent tidal flow, artificials take a backseat as my choice of bait. It is tuff
to compete with mother nature and the abundance of baitfish in the bays at this time of year. My choice of bait, for trout this time of year, is live croaker or piggy
perch free lined, while using the glass & brass "Croaker Tickers" to get the bait down where the fish are holding.

Another option while going for trout is to go out fishing in the evening and wade fish, or drift till the wee hours of the night. In doing this sort of fishing, you have
virtually no boat traffic and NO SUN bearing down on you or the fish. A FULL MOON is always a plus, but not a necessity. This kind of fishing isn't for everybody though.  The trout bite can be fantastic when the day bite is slow. If you ever try this night fishing out on your own, remember these rules: 1) Know the area very well you plan on fishing, 2) take it slow, 3) KNOW the weather, and of utmost importance, 4) tell someone where you are going BEFORE you leave.

You just never know.  Thanks for reading and take care until next time!!!
 


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