August’s outlook is for more of the same. Fresh clams and frozen shrimp will do the trick. In response to the heat I try to get on the beach as early as possible.. With calm seas and little to no wind there is no action in the surf. So under these conditions either tide will produce for the angler. Additionally, I would not overlook the tide changes as the fish tend to move around during that time and catches can be very good. Clean water is a must and if you set up and then catch 2 or 3 catfish right away it’s time to find another beach or wait for the tide change. August Tip: During this time I expect to change my surf fishing tactics to lighter surf casting gear. My plan is to walk the beaches and surf cast looking for fish in the trough. I will be gearing up for the annual mullet run and snook season in September. The mullet run usually takes place along our beaches in the late August/September time frame and coincides with the opening of snook season 1 September. In my view it seems that the fingerling mullet along the northern east coast react to the cold water temperatures in the north and migrate south for warmer conditions during this time. Or so I think. Snook, red fish and other big game fish gather close to shore (in the trough) to feed on the fingerlings as they pass overhead.The sports pages will have reports on the “mullet run” and articles and fish stories will circulate about catches of snook/reds in the surf. Therefore, surf casting becomes my favorite fishing method during the August to October time of the year. I use a 7/8 foot med/heavy spinning rod with a smaller surf reel. The reel is spooled with braided line in the 20-30 pound test class. I carry very little while fishing and just what is need to catch and land a 31and ¾ inch snook. I use a small back pack or shoulder bag to hold tackle. In the bag the basics, rag,3-0/4-0 circle hooks, leader material of 30/40 pound test fluorocarbon, a few barrel sinkers and split shot, sunglasses, 3 lures (one each popping- sinking and a gator spoon) knife, camera and swivels. The idea is to keep it light when you are walking and casting as you move down the beach. If I see bait in the water or plan to live bait fish on any given day, I’ll bring a bucket and small cast net (5 feet or less).If I catch bait, I stay in one place to fish it . Rigging: Live bait rigging can be kept simple; take the running line to a swivel, add 12/15 inches of leader material and tie on a 3-0/4-0 circle hook with an improved clinch knot. Free line the live finger mullet,spot or other bait fish and add split shot to carry the bait down depending on conditions. For the popping plug, the same deal; take the running line to a swivel, add 12/15 inches of leader material and tie the plug to the leader with a loop knot.This allows the bait to move freely and imparts more action to the bait upon retrieval. Rigging the sinking bait or gator spoon I do as above except, I tie the lure/ spoon to the leader using a improved clinch knot.

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