Capt. John Dickinson
August 8, 2008
Biscayne Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
August is here and the hot days of summer have kept some anglers off the water. It can be a challenge for some anglers to hold up in the heat while fishing this time of year. Light winds and temps in the low 90's also keep some fish out of the shallows for a good portion of the day. The key is to fish early in the morning. Some anglers fish in the afternoon but if you don't have a good thunderstorm to cool water off, Bonefish and other shallow water fish will stay off the flats until dark. Great Bonefishing in the morning has been taking place along with Tarpon in the smaller class. The sun light will come up before you know it and the Bonefish will be gone by 9 or 10 am. Permit fishing will be the next best bet. They will be out all day as long as water movement in the area you are fishing is moderately strong. We like to fish the strongest tides of the month and it pays off well. At least if the weather is hot, the Permit fishing under these conditions will take your mind off it.
This is a Permit we caught on a recent trip that went close to 30lbs. Randy Williams of Alabama released the fish after a long battle and a deep channel that the fish took advantage of. Other on the water news in South Florida is the opening of Lobster season. Most anglers don't like the boat traffic and stay off the water on the opening days, myself included,but things quiet down and boat traffic is down after those days. I don't do too much Lobster fishing but do enjoy getting in the water. My family likes Lobster so I get out and get some for them. Myself and friends got about 20 yesterday. I don't care for eating them much but my family doesn't care much for chasing Bonefish around with Fly rods in shallow water. A good balance. One way or another I'm on the water taking advantage of tropical South Florida and teaching my children what takes place in Biscayne Bay just minutes from our doorstep.Enjoy the rest of the summer. Capt. John Dickinson
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