Capt. Rick Davidson, Editor (email@example.com)
Fishing Report AUGUST 2020
We dodged the hurricane, and in spite of some rain this month, scallop season is still going full blast at the Sea Hag Marina. With rising water temperatures, the redfish bite has kept up and trout are being caught easily if you know where to look. Offshore, the red snapper season closed after an amazing few weeks of full boards. Below are some pictures from this month’s catches.
September 2020 Fishing Forecast
Scallop season will remain open until Labor Day in our area (September 7). Hopefully the water will remain clear, but as of this week I’ve seen lots of limits brought in by our guides. Hot spots are both north and south of the river, so explore and look for the fleet. Remember to run your boat at idle speed anywhere near any other boats. If you haven’t been this year, time’s running out, so call for a rental boat or accommodations if you need them.
On the fishing front, gag grouper and amberjack seasons are open, so offshore is a good place to go this month. Inshore, as per usual this time of year, redfish are eating very close to shore on flood tides, or near the mouths of marshlines and grassy creeks when you can get in. If the floating grass isn’t too bad, fish suspending lures or Texas rigged soft baits close to the grass, and if the grass is really absent, there’s nothing like a redfish blowup on a topwater plug. In heavy grass, weedless spoons are a great option. Larger trout can be found in the same areas but early in the morning is much better as they will retreat to deeper water as the sun comes up. Schooling keeper trout are in deeper water; inside of Little Bank has been one area that has been holding both speckled and sand trout. Another area to try is a half-mile directly west of the Bird Rack. Fish jigs with Gulp baits near the bottom in four to five feet of water while drifting; when you catch fish, stop your drift. If you’d rather fish live shrimp under corks, we have plenty of them at the Marina.
By the end of the month, we’ll be seeing some dropping water temperatures in preparation for October, which should be a fantastic month for fishing.
There are two tournaments this month; the Lady Raiders Inshore Slam fishing tournament is on September 12th. For more information go to this link: https://www.ladyraiderinshoreslam.com/?fbclid=IwAR2no1bo3nhMJzhcw41Z9Fd2XNqhwSfZ4RZDH-bTaghGMGtwaxQ2IyyHSSA