by CAPT. DOUG HEMMER
As we move into the warmest part of summer, water temperature becomes the biggest factor in knowing when fish want to feed. Nighttime, sun-up, and sundown will be the coolest parts of the fishing cycle. Most of the gamefish in our area will feed best when the water is at its coolest point. During the warmest part of the day, most fish in shallow water will be slow to feed. Fishing the coolest parts of the day or moving to deeper water during the middle of the day will increase your chances of having a productive trip.
Snook are hanging around most area passes. The best baits have been threadfins and pinfish. If and when you can find croakers, don't hesitate to use them. They are the best bait to use when fishing the beach for snook. Beach fishing is sight fishing. You'll need a good pair of polarized glasses to see the snook moving through the swash channels. When you locate a school, anchor up-current and let your baits drift back to the school. Keep casting at the snook. More times than not, your bait will swim away from the snook.
Redfish has been hanging close to the oyster bars and mullet schools. A small pinfish under a cork is sure to draw a strike. Most of the redfish will be on the windy side of the mangroves. As the morning moves toward noon, the schools will move closer to the mangroves.
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