How to catching Redfish during Summer
Redfish are very active in the summer. There is an abundance of bait during the summer as many species spawn in the spring. How to catching Redfish during Summer depends on finding redfish. Redfish seek their preferred water temperature throughout the day. The conventional wisdom is that they move from the shallow flats in the early morning to the deeper waters by the afternoon. I recently arrived at a mud flat just before sunrise at high tide. My theory was that this would be an excellent time to fish the outgoing tide after I worked the flat for a couple of hours. But the water temperature at 6:00 AM was 88 degrees. Although the time of the day does impact water temperature a bigger effect on temperature here on Amelia Island is the tides. The open ocean is 78 degrees in late July. When the tide rises that cool water movings into the coastal bays and creeks. When the tide comes in the temperature can drop by more than 5 degrees. Fishing the flats and creeks early in the rising tide will be more productive than the falling tide when the water has warmed. So my trip was off by about 6 hours and it showed. I only caught a small flounder but the day was saved by hooking my first tarpon. I didn’t land the tarpon and the fight was brief but it was my first hook up. I did drift through deep water but was unsuccessful.
Next time I’ll be on the water at dawn at low tide.