August 2, 2019 | by Steve Beare
August provides calm conditions and an ample opportunity to fish the beaches and nearshore reefs which bring plenty of action and a welcome mixed bag of pelagics. Beach fishing is at its peak, with re minnows and other bait pods migrating the shoreline from the Disney Resort south the Boils. The Tarpon, Snook and Jack Crevalles have been following the large schools of minnows so match the hatch by putting on a DOA Baitbuster or Hogy Swimbaits. For my fly guys, a Clouser Minnow or small baitfish pattern have been providing the most action. Just off the beach you will also find the Spanish Mackeral annihilating the large pods of pilchards and greenies. The Spinner Sharks are on a seemingly constant aerial display with the early showing of some large mullet. Rig up with a heavy, or wire, leader as the Spanish Mackeral and Spinner Sharks are infamous for cutting lines. Like every other August, the SeaTrout bite is best in the early morning hours, before the water temperatures rises. As temperatures rise you will find the trout in the deeper potholes and along the channel edge. Another great month to fish the Indian River along the Treasure Coast!