September is near, and some changes are coming. The inshore water temperature that peaked close to 90 degrees in August will start to cool down. This leads to improving fishing conditions as many of the inshore game fish begin moving to their shallower haunts from the deep-water refuges of summer.
Redfish begin to school in large numbers for their October spawn. It's not uncommon to see schools of more than 100 fish on flats feeding on most everything.
Snook begin to move in from the beaches and become more widespread. They feed along the mangroves that have deep cuts and moving water.
Larger trout become more abundant. Topwater lures produce some bites during first and last hour of the day. Look for grassy areas with sandy potholes that serve as good ambush points.
Troy P. Sapp of Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.