August 2016: Red, Trout and Scallops !

The "Old Timers" always said the full moon in August was when the schools of big reds would start to move in, and they were right !

All this month, the Red fish action has been non-stop.  The spoil banks out of Crystal River have been the temporary home for large schools of reds.  Live pin fish or live shrimp have been the best bait, but once the action starts up, just switch to your favorite jig on a 1/8 oz jig head and have a ball!  The spoil banks during this time of year can get pretty crowded, so be sure to show some courtesy to the other anglers, and they will usually do the same for you.

The red fish bite has also been good all along the outer islands and keys.  Use the same baits as above, and you should get into some rod bending action !

Speckled Trout action has picked up this month.  With less boat activity as scallop season is winding down, the trout have moved back onto the grass beds.  I've found the most productive bait to be the Miro Lure "Little John" in the bourbon color under a DOA popping cork.  Set the depth of the jig depending on the depth of the water your fishing.

As for scalloping, there are still plenty to be found.  September should still be a great month for these tasty mollusks.  We've been finding plenty off of Homosassa and Crystal River in 3-6 feet of water, and remember, the last hour of the outgoing and the first hour of the incoming tide is the best bet.

And as always, I can't end without sending a big "Thank You" to all my guests, and hope to see you on the water again soon.  Nature Coast fishing is the best !

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