Summer offers a wide variety of sight fishing opportunities. We can fish the flats and the creeks for redfish, trout, and flounder. The harbor carries schools of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish. In addition, schools of very large jack crevelles appear in the harbor. In fact, a world record jack crevelle was caught on the fly right here.
Another option during summer is bottom fishing. Several species can be caught along the harbor jetties, off the beaches in the surf, and elsewhere up and down the coast. For example, big bull redfish up to 50 pounds can be caught. Also, we frequently catch several types of sharks, including black tips, spinners, Atlantic sharpnose, bonnet heads, hammer heads, lemons, and bulls. When conditions are right, it is possible to catch sharks on the fly. Finally, tarpon fishing is available during the summer. While tarpon are not as common here as in Florida, there are several that are caught each year. This is not always a consistent fishery but can provide a nice surprise from time to time, and the tarpon here are rarely under 100 pounds. Some years are better than others—I have jumped as many as six tarpon in one day here.
From May to October each year we target “tailing redfish” During the warmer months of the year around the full and new moons we get above average high tides. These high tides allow redfish to go very shallow into the flooded grass flats to eat crabs. This is sight fishing at its best. Redfish up to 35 inches, weighing 15 pounds, can be found in a few inches of water. This is a favorite way of fishing for redfish because it’s completely visual.You will actually see the redfish stick his entire tail out of the water while he is feeding on the crabs in the grass. If you are looking for this type of trip you should ask specifically for a day when we have an above average high tide. There are typically only 5 to 10 days a month during which this is an option, but it is well worth the wait. If you are interested, this would also be an excellent time for wade fishing.