Well folks it’s August: and despite the water temps soring into the 90’s, the fishing is still great.
Offshore, the red grouper are still biting very well, averaging in the 19 to 24 inch range and some even bigger. Gag grouper are finally in season but hanging in deeper waters due to the higher water temps, making a little bit of a run necessary, but paying off in dividends. If grouper is what you’re looking for, ¾ day & full day trips are recommended to get to the desired depth to fish for these beautiful and tasty fish.
Moving in, the near shore reefs off St Pete Beach and Treasure Island are loaded with Spanish mackerel and snapper; some of the snapper getting up to 4lb range! We have been catching a lot of cobia as of late. Last ½ day trip, we caught 3 cobia in the first 30 minutes of fishing. It was a blast watching this 10 year old angler from Kentucky catch his first cobia.
Inshore the tarpon are still biting off the beaches and in the passes from Redington beach to the Skyway Bridge; but catch them while you can, the bite will slow as we get later into the month.
Tight Lines Folks!
Capt. Brandon Vaughan