The old saying “the early bird catches the worm” really comes into play in August, the month that separates the true fishermen from those that claim to be. It’s best to fish early and you have to pull out all the stops because when the sun gets straight up, the fisherman frying process begins.
Redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder, whiting, and sharks can be caught just about anywhere by anglers fishing the sounds and beachfronts. The best baits are going to be the lively ones such as shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet, and small yellow tail. Their movement, while rigged up, gets the fishes’ attention; essentially you are letting them do all the work for you. All you have to do is cast rigged bait into the considered strike zone and possibly re-adjust the float’s depth, but only if no hits occur after “the float by” takes place. A lot of fishermen like float fishing and as a fisherman myself I can tell you, we all just love to see the sinking of the cork!
The best news about these baits is most of them you can catch yourself, and you might just have enough left over for supper. The secret to casting and catching shrimp, which could also turn into an afternoon shrimp cocktail, is a simple one. I suggest working the grass line as the shrimp first come out on the falling tide and when they start heading back to the safety of the marsh on the rising tide. I also suggest making sure that the grass line that you are working has a mud bottom around it not oyster rakes!
For those who prefer to use “artificial only,” bites can also happen. I always like using DOA Shrimp patterns during this time. You can use them as rigged, straight out of the package. Best method here is to tie a three to four foot leader of 12 to 20 pound test to a popping cork and cast into place. Let the tide take the float, and come up with your own popping the float sequence. For instance: single pop of the cork, pause, double pop of the cork, pause, and then repeat. Once you trigger the fishes’ interest with your sequence of pops, not only can bites happen, but you might just be able to call the ball. This means to know just about when and where a solid hit might occur. It’s best to fish this rig in five to six feet of water. When fishing in more than six feet of water, try using a small adjustable float rig with a 2/0 Kahle hook. Remove the DOA weight and hook from artificial shrimp pattern and balance the bait on your hook. Believe me, when this bait starts waving in the current it looks just like the real deal!