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