Man it’s that time of year. You need to be on the water before sunup, at sundown or at night to enjoy yourself fishing. With heat indexes everyday for the last week in the triple digits, you are a real gluten for punishment if you do any midday fishing. Plus the fishing is always slower during the heat of the day.
If you must go midday find areas of shade and cooler waters. It seems crazy but all you need is a few degrees temperature change and it creates a world of difference. I like to fish under deep water dock ends, skipping deep into the shade, or even a good tree lined creek can make the difference. It doesn’t change the fact though that it is hot as can be. When you are sweating profusely and you have only just taken the boat off the trailer it’s going to be a long hot day.
I really like to fish the early evenings after our afternoon Florida thunderstorm has rolled through. All is right with the world for both angler and fish at this time. If there is a such thing as a happy place in the middle of August in Florida it is at this time. Sometimes it gets hot and just nasty on shore after a rain but that is due to the asphalt jungle we all live in anymore, steaming up our world like the hot rocks of a sauna. On the water though the temp drops a few welcomed degrees, for both angler and fish alike. It is also that quintessentially overplayed, so here it goes again, “calm after the storm.” Nothing quite like a big trout or maybe a tarpon blowing up on a top water or inhaling a fly in the after storm grey sky background. It really wakes you up to see a hole open up from the sometimes vicious eat of a tarpon on the waters slick after rain surface.
The night time bite has probably produced, pound for pound, the most memorable bites of my life. Four of my top ten experiences on the water have come at night. Couple the chance for an insane bite with your bodies heightened sensory perception, due to your lack of good vision, and you will find yourself falling in love with night fishing. I highly recommend that every fisher person spend some time foregoing a little sleep and getting on the water. It is way better than all those lost nights of being in a drunken stupor till the wee hours of the next morning i had as young whipper snapper, and a heck of a lot painful of a hangover.
Morning on the other hand, compared to the long hours of cool night fishing,is typically a quick trip. Here in the good ole sunshine state it will be mid nineties by mid morning and the fish tend to shut down. It can though be a great time to fish, especially if you have the right spots. My knees tremble just thinking of that little pod of tarpon rolling in the light of the suns first rays as you wait for them to get close enough to drop a fly in their path. With a little luck, maybe just maybe the fish gods will smile on you with a hook up. After that though you better be praying to a higher power if you actually plan on touching said tarpon and getting that extreme ego boosting tarpon photo op.
Just because its a scorcher don’t park your ass in the ac. Get out and do something…. A little hint too….if you actually get out in it every now and again you can get used to it.
Capt Sean Abbey
Native Angler Guide Service
Overboard Fishing Rods, LLC