Bimini Inshore Fishing Report and Forecast: August 2015

Bonefish Ebbie and Gary Guertin “on the flats” at Ebbie’s Bonefish Club. PHOTO CREDIT: Coastal Angler Magazine/Misti Guertin.
Bonefish Ebbie and Gary Guertin “on the flats” at Ebbie’s Bonefish Club. PHOTO CREDIT: Coastal Angler Magazine/Misti Guertin.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ugust produces the warmest water temperatures of the year. Yes, the days are getting shorter, but the sun still beats down on the already warm water. Like us, the bones and permit need to cool down and will be seeking the cooler, deeper water, especially during mid-day and afternoon. You may find your best fishing times are early morning after the water has cooled somewhat overnight. You also should seek “moving water” near channels and creeks. Remember cool water sinks. Since the fish may be feeding on the bottom in the cool water, look for mudding activity. Shrimp or crab (natural or artificial) are your best baits. Don’t overlook shots at permit, tarpon and barracuda. Did you know that during August you will find “bones on da beach”? That’s right, during August large schools of bonefish will congregate on the west (ocean) side of the island. They are there to feed on the crabs found in abundance. With calm winds typical for August, you can use the same techniques as you would on the flats. If you do some nearshore trolling, you may find some small bluefin tuna (20-to-30-pounds) and some dolphin. If you a little bottom fishing for dinner, you will find plenty of yellowtail, trigger fish and grouper. See you in Bimini soon.

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