Warm water on the flats has caused fish to become sluggish during midday. There are several solutions, the easiest being fish the morning and evening hours.
Time of day: Mornings have been excellent for snook along the passes and beaches. When the wind is from the east, sight fishing for surf-cruising snook can be great. When watching the gulf shoreline in the morning you may also encounter cobia, tarpon, permit and pompano. As with most fishing in August, expect the action to fizzle by 11 a.m. as fish retreat to deeper or darker water.
Wade fishing along the edges of the inlets in the evening is also productive this time of year. Drifting live grunts or threadfins with a late outgoing tide can produce some of the biggest snook of the year. Lately, blacktip sharks and jumbo spotted sea trout have added excitement to these spots.
Location: Another way to avoid the midday sun is to fish in shady areas. Here the fish can still be coaxed into feeding even at noon. When the tide is high enough, many snook and redfish will move up under the mangrove limbs as far as they can go. Getting a bait to them can be challenging, but the farther you get it under the branches, the better your chances of getting a strike.
Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 944-3474.