Rain, well we’ve had some these past two weeks. Although rain is needed to replenish Florida’s aquifer, scallops don’t like the fresh water intrusion and will head to deeper saltier water. Yesterday was the first clear day after being land locked for almost a week and I headed out with some clients from Crystal River. The water was still a bit murky from the recent rainfall, but we were able to snorkel and bring scallops back to the boat.
Trout fishing has been productive in 8 to 10 feet of water. Soft plastics, specifically Mira lure watermelon red glitter or D.O.A.’s new penny are working well as long as you let the bait sink to the bottom and work it slowly along the edges where the grass flats meet the sandy bottom.
Red fishing is good, but will get better throughout the month of August. I’ve spotted small schools of Redfish off the rocky bottom points just north of Homosassa around the mangrove fringe of the St. Martin’s islands. Although the water temperature has decreased due to the recent rains, the Gulf is still warm so the best fishing bait for redfish is cut mullet, live pin fish or live shrimp and always on a strong incoming tide.
I’m off today Red fishing with clients; it’s an early morning getting to the docks at 7am to ensure we catch the right tide. Early or not, having my “office” on the clear clean Gulf waters of Florida is one of the best jobs in the world.