August 22, 2009
In the home stretch of summer, it’s essential for shallow water anglers to really pay attention to tides and water levels. Don’t get stranded in a back lake and have to walk out, because at this time of the year, the tide can drop out like a rock. When fishing close to the water sources of the Gulf, this is especially important. Kayakers can really benefit from these falling waters by reaching into the super shallow waters that boats can’t get to. Redfish seem to come in to the shallow water on the rising tide, but really kick off a feeding frenzy when the tide begins to drop. Time fishing just right for the best late summer action!
Lack of winds in August adds another layer of complexity at times. No tides, to wind, no feeding action. Early afternoons can make for better fishing, even though it’s really hot, with more wind which the predators really like to feed on in shallow waters. Still eating shrimp in the grass, redfish especially like a little breeze to gather and tail upon. Winds moving shallow waters help to dislodge the food hiding there. You’ll find these feeding pods of redfish in ankle-deep water, moving into the wind as they busily mow their way along the bottom. I know I’m in the right place when my boat or kayak is barely floating!
Light tackle anglers use natural colored small soft plastics rigged weedless and weightless. Fly fishermen stay small as well, a #6 all-white clouser imitates the tiny shrimp that is still a redfish’s favorite food in August.
Floating and heavy grass can be annoying for the fisherman, but it’s a redfish’s living room and kitchen. Find ways to deal with the grass because that’s where the fish are.
Blue Gulf of Mexico waters are still infiltrating the bays from the jetties. Be on the lookout in these areas for Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackeral, Kingfish, Tarpon and the beginnings of the redfish migration on major shorelines. Gear up appropriately to take advantage of these late summer fish. 12 pound test on a 7’ medium light rod might not be enough to tangle with a 30 pound Jack!
The first cold front of the fall can’t come too soon as the middle of August in South Texas can sure be brutal. Planning right now for fall fishing, dove hunting, early teal and the beginning of duck season seems ridiculous, but it is really right around the corner. Get your new waders ordered; find a wading jacket that will keep you warm and dry and make sure hunting gear is in order. Before you know it, summer will be over and the next season will be here!