Where Do I Fish Today?
Capt. Russ Walker
August 9, 2020
Cape Coral - Saltwater Fishing Report
From my Tackle Box by Captain Russ Walker
Where do I fish Today?.
It's August and Lots of folks down here have boats with the time to get out on the water but have no idea where to go to find fish. Fish here are mostly migrational so I don't mind sharing a few spots. If you are new to this area and would like to catch some fish, try the channel break north of Intercoastal Marker #54 on the eastern side.
The water depth there changes from 9 or 10 feet up to 5.5 feet on the east edge of the grass flat channel ledge. That's where they are lurking. Use a good popping cork, a 4' leader with a 1/4 oz. to 3/8ths oz Chartreuse jig head tied to the bottom. Uni knots work well. You need a weight and hook, so the jig head serves the purpose while adding some color to the presentation. Bait with Live shrimp or whitebait. They are the ticket. Just inside the break the water contrasts colors as the tide line is visible. Darker is usually the grass bottoms and the lighter is normally sand of clear Throw to the color changes and pop the cork a couple of times. This should produce the desired result. Sand Trout on the sand bar breaks. Pie Plate sized Pompano or Mackerel are usually a bi-catch also. Speckled Sea Trout there are many but still fairly small as a summer catch. This year's crop is growing nicely. The ladyfish have been prolific just about everywhere, some are absolutely huge and a hand full at that. Baby Tarpon I sometimes call them. After a trip NE of Marker #54 some folks have been complaining of their wrists hurting after extended fish battles. Poor Babies.
AND the sharks. The Atlantic Sharp Nose and Black Tip sharks are averaging around 3.5 feet per catch, usually three per day on cut ladyfish under a bobber or balloon on a 3' steel leader, 6/0 Gamakatsu Circle hook. I use them because they hold well in the fight but release easily preventing damage and further stress to these magnificent creatures.
Last trip, one Hit on my rod smoked the reel, striped 250 yards of 40-pound Power Pro braid and kept on going. It looked like a souped up Spinner shark headed for Miami to me. But we got him turned around, photographed and released.
I hope some of this information gets you pointed in the right direction today and best of luck to you.
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