Sebastian River – Tarpon will continue to be the main target for anglers fishing the freshwater rivers and creeks along the treasure coast. The north fork of the Sebastian River is usually the place to look for tarpon in the early morning and evening. Flies, plugs, D.O.A. root beer terror-eyes and finger mullet when they become available will all catch these backwater tarpon.
Indian River Lagoon – Things will stay status quo in the lagoon until the finger mullet show. Trout will remain available early and late for anglers using artificials, while live pigfish will catch trout in deeper pockets throughout the day. Redfish can be a daily occurrence on the flats, where top-water plugs, D.O.A. CAL jerk-baits and gold spoons will usually get their attention. Snook fishing, the most adversely affected inshore fishery in the Sebastian area should pick up steadily throughout this month inside the lagoon, as post spawn fish ambush finger mullet along shorelines and creek mouths.
Sebastian Inlet – In years gone by August was my favorite month to fish “The Inlet”. The Snook will be stacked on top of one another and the big reds will be wherever they can find room. Live bait including croakers, pigfish, greenies, pinfish, shrimp, in that order, will be the key to daytime inlet action. Fish outgoing tides east of A1A, incoming tides west of A1A is a general rule for daytime snook fishing. Night fishing can also be great, whether you drift through the bridge with live bait, or chuck plugs or bucktail jigs from the rocks. If you catch and release these inlet snook as I do in August please handle them with care and try to have some self- control and catch a few and move on, we can’t afford the catch and release mortality this year.
Near-shore Atlantic – Weather permitting, August should still find kings, Spanish and occasional cobia and dolphin not too far off the beaches. Resident tarpon schools will also be a good bet over the reefs just off the beach. As mullet and other baitfish begin their southern trek late in the month the near-shore can come alive. Big tarpon, kings, Spanish mackerel, sharks, snook, jacks, etc. all chase the bait south and unlike the spring run they tend to stay within surf casting distance of the beach where the mullet like to swim, so surfcasting for fish weighing in the double and even triple digits is possible.