It is HOT outside and the water temperature is hot as well. August is probably the best month for catching big mangrove snappers on the nearby rock piles. We target mangrove snappers with light tackle gear like a 10-pound braided line and 15-pound leader with a small 1/0 circle hook. Make the leader six to eight feet long because these snappers can get leader shy very fast. Set two chum blocks behind the boat and cut up frozen thread fins or green backs into small 1/2 thick chunks. Hide the hook within the piece of bait and freeline into the chum slick, leaving a lot of loose line so the bait is drifting naturally. Watch the line when it takes off. Start reeling tight. The size of snappers is ranging from 12-20 inches.
Red fish are starting to gather up in numbers of twelve or more fish in a school. We will see them continue to school up now until October in even bigger numbers. Live green backs or pin fish are my go-to baits for red fish.
The shallow water grouper bite has been fantastic and I can’t wait for the epic Fall season grouper action.
Scallops are getting a little better north of Homosassa but still not great. Most people have been getting a few gallons each day.