Capt. Ric’s Reel Simple Fishing Report
The heat of summer is finally upon us and that along with all the rain we get during this time of year causes some of the strategies of fishing to change. If you are a regular reader then you know that I am big on fish being comfortable.
Fish are like any other creature, they will move to an area that is comfortable if the conditions change around them. In the winter they search out areas that have warmer water and in the warmer months they will search out areas that have cooler water.
This usually means they will find deeper water to inhabit. This is the time of year that we as anglers have to change up our fishing approach to be successful. The rain and heat are the two biggest drivers in change. I try to do a couple things different this time of year. I try to fish water that is a little deeper than I do when the water temps are cooler and I also try to fish earlier or later in the day.
That does not mean that you are not going to catch something at midday but usually your better bite will come when the sun has a little angle on it. This is also good for us as we want to be comfortable as well. The oxygen levels in the water will also be manipulated by the heat. The shallow areas that have a really good tidal flow can be good but an area that gets shallow but has no flow will be much harder to fish. The water levels can make the same level changes but have completely different flow characteristics.
The moving water will always be better for fishing. If you are new to fishing salt water you may be thinking what does the rain have to do with it? Good question. The rain does a couple things to the water. The good thing is it cools the water in the summer months and it warms the water in the winter months. Thats all good but the negative to this is, when there is a lot of rain, it changes the salinity of the water. If this change is drastic it will move the fish and they will find the balance they want. Most of our salt water fish can adapt to fresh water. I have caught small tarpon and snook while fishing the Big O, so they can definitely make the adjustment. So why do they move? They will move to follow the bait. We’re back to being comfortable. A fish with a full belly is more comfortable than a hungry fish.
When the bait changes its pattern so will the fish. I know this is kind of general information but sometimes its the obvious things that we have the hardest time seeing. I hope this has been good information and will prove useful. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing.
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