Captain Jeff Hagaman Fishing Report For 8/23/2012
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Schooling oversized redfish are showing up in larger numbers, fish are 29-35″ and hungry. You want to target these fish on the top of the incoming beginning of the outgoing. Schooling redfish will be less spooky with more water over their head! Stealth is the key to catching these bulldozers. Use your trolling motor on slow or push pole up to them. Once spooked, these fish will take a while to clam down.
Also, be sure to invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses. An amber glass lens is the # 1 thing in my arsenal and with them I can spot and catch more fish! With the water temp being so hot dead bait has been the key, cut mullet, pinfish and ladyfish on a 1/8-1/4 oz jighead has been effective.
Trout fishing on the deeper grass flats (4-9 ft of water) over broken bottom has also been good. Look for areas with good water flow and ether drift or anchor up. Small pinfish or sardines under a cork have been producing some nice fish up to 22″ as far as artificials go the subwalk in the mullet color or the mirrodine in clear have both been working.
Tight lines and fare seas,
Capt. Jeff Hagaman