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Capt. Hank's Fishing Forecast

Fishing Forecast, August 2004

Fishing inshore waters should continue to get better and better from now through October. Along the beach, look for the tarpon, smoker kingfish, blacktip sharks, jack crevalle, and redfish near the pogy pods. Spanish mackerel, tarpon, jack crevalle, and bonita will be feeding in schools of glass minnows along the beaches, and snook, redfish, mangrove snapper and flounder will be near the jetties and underwater ledges inside the harbor.

There are reports of pompano in the river at the Melbourne and Eau Gallie causeways. Pompano roam along areas with a drop off and will readily take jigs tipped with shrimp or sand fleas. Also in the river, look for schools of redfish in skinny water near baitfish. In the morning, trout have been holding in one to three feet of water just outside of the schools of bait.

Capt. Terry Lamielle reports that summer rains have cooled down the flats and the fishing is great. He is experiencing a good trout bite early in the morning with lots of 15 to 24 inch fish with an occasional gator over 5 pounds. He have been finding these fish around bait pods in the one to two foot water depths. Lamielle recommends topwater plugs fished in either a dog walking style or chugger style baits. His favorite lure for reds is the 1/4 oz. gold spoon. He says, "It doesn’t seem to scare off a school as much when misplacing a cast near the fish."

Capt. Doug Blanton reports that his best catches have come on mullet imitations like the Florida Special Rip Roller and MirrOLure’s Catch 2000 in the black back. Recently, he has been targeting schools of reds over 30 pounds. In his August fishing report he says, "Most of our fish have been caught in 1 to 4 feet of water near large schools of bait. These fish have continued to be very spooky so the only way of finding them and getting a hook-up has been to pole or wade. Most of these fish are 20 to 30 years old. They didn’t get that big by not being aware of their surroundings."

We are all eagerly waiting for the main event which drives inshore fishing during September and October, the fall mullet run. The best fishing you will ever experience can be when schools of finger mullet gather along the beach and move in and out the inlet and port with the change of tide. Best fishing will occur on the out going tide, but incoming can be pretty good, too
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