Hot, Hot, Hot. Welcome to the middle of summer here Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee. Summer heat is in full force with hot days and hot nights; the water temperature is pushing the 90-degree mark. When the gulf waters get hot like this the fishing slows down a bit. Our go to target for fish is red fish. August is a good month to target red fish along our coast, fish early and with a good moving tide for best results.
Live pin fish or pilchards are my standard baits of choice, but fresh cut mullet works great as well. Target outer points and rock bars and look for mullet flipping as that is a good indicator that redfish are close by. I have been using a 2-3-foot-long leader at 20 pounds with a 1/0 circle hook. Typically, I use a 25–30-pound leader but dropping down to 20 pound will give you more bites. We are also catching a few snook mixed with the reds.
Scallops are thick off Hernando County; find them in 5-8 feet of water with grass and mixed bottom. Make sure you are flying the divers down flag when your people are in the water. Be safe and stay well hydrated.
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