Capt. Rick Davidson, Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fishing Report August 2022
It’s been a spectacular scallop season this year as we look to the season ending on Labor Day. The water remained clear throughout the summer, and thousands of people took advantage and took their families out for the fun. But the fishing was great as well, both offshore and inshore, and it will only get better. Here are some pictures from this month at the Sea Hag Marina.
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Despite scallop, red snapper and red grouper seasons closing at the end of August, there will be lots of fishing excitement in September. Amberjack season opens, and gag grouper will be open season all across the Big Bend. Cooling temperatures will bring schooling trout into shallower water, and redfish will begin schooling in greater numbers near the end of the month. We had a lot of success fishing at daybreak with topwater plugs for redfish near creek mouths where lots of mullet and whitebait are found. Trout have been holding in slightly deeper water around the nearshore bars and 9 Mile and Little Banks. Fishing Gulp baits on jigtails or live shrimp on a lightly weighted fishfinder rig near the bottom in 5 to 8 feet of water have been the ticket for both seatrout and silver trout. Some of the large schools of whitebait are migrating and be on the lookout for Spanish mackerel and even kingfish following these schools. Offshore it will take some lower water temperatures for gag grouper to come into shallower water, but trying live bait or dead squid on the bottom over live bottom is a great way to explore your regular numbers early and catch some sea bass and Florida snappers for the freezer.
Our big tournament this month is the Santa Fe Lady Raiders Inshore Slam tournament on September 10th. There will be food trucks, live music and raffles on the night of the 9th. For more information, see this link: https://www.ladyraiderinshoreslam.com/
With fishing activity picking up, it’s worth a reminder that the Sea Hag Marina has rods, reels, the best lure selection in the area, live shrimp and frozen bait, and a great fleet of rental boats along with a range of accommodations. Come see us in September.