August 9, 2017 | by Steve Beare
There are several things you can count on along Florida’s Treasure Coast in August. Afternoon thunderstorms will remain the norm, we will continue to see temperatures surpass 90 degrees, you’ll see more boats on the water chasing Florida Spiny Lobsters and it will cause some turbulence along the waterways. Remember to obey your boating laws regarding divers for those who will venture offshore and near shore. Safety is paramount!
Snook, SeaTrout and Snapper have been the best bites from Vero Beach south the Jack Island. Top water lures at first light have been productive, followed grubs or jerk baits in shad or mullet colors. The water quality continues to get better but water temps have been higher than normal. Round Island, Queen’s Cove and Harbor Branch are usually active with schooling Redfish, Jack Crevalle and SeaTrout. At first light your best areas will be the shallow flats. As the sun comes u and temperatures begin to rise move to the deeper water surrounding the flats to keep a steady bite.
Docks along the Moorings and South Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce have produced good numbers Snook and Sheephead. Find the shady areas around the mangroves for some of the over slot snook lazily awaiting a passing meal. Snook will be more active around the Ft Pierce Jetty and South Bridge of the river. On the rainy days we have heavy run offs, head to the spillways to capitalize on Snapper, Snook and juvenile resident Tarpon.
When the water temps get to high, try working the channel edges with live shrimp or small pilchards and wait for the Snapper bite to turn on. If you’re not sure what to do, check out or reservation page and book your next adventure.