Those Fishing This Summer Are Hooking Into Many Catches

By Jonie Maschek

It might be too hot to fish for many people, but it is not too hot for the fish to bite.

I know it is true that some fish go to deep holes and hide to keep cool, while others stay under the mangroves, with some finding a cool spot in the grassy flats. Remember these conditions and find a spot to make your catch.

The warmer water holds less oxygen, but then again plant life will produce oxygen. You may wonder why some fish would go to deeper water, when there is plenty of plant life around.

Fish must have water to live but they also need a place to hide from predators. They need a place to spawn, to feed and also use as a nursery. A place that will provide a steady supply of food. Bundle all of this together and it is called habitat and if we take it all away, a fish cannot survive.

Chemical pollutants have become a major problem, with the toxic substances affecting spawning behavior, which will cause tumors and deformities in the fish.

Often these pollutants come from farm runoff or chemical plants.

Freshwater flows to the estuaries and often have been cut off by many subdivisions that have dredged canals for population growth.

Dams built by humans cause cutoff of spawning areas and habitat.

I have found all of these factors above and now I read that over-fishing is the main cause of the lack of fish in the local waterways! Is it over-fishing? Do you believe this?

Hot weather anglers, both men, women and children should dress in light colored clothes. Often anglers wet a towel and put it around their neck to keep cool. Some put on wet T-shirts and others are fortunate enough to have air conditioners and fans aboard and donít worry about the heat.

While out in this hot weather, I hope you have plenty of freshwater aboard. Donít stay in the sun too long and get a sunstroke. If you burn easily be sure to take along a sun block of your choice and good sunglasses to keep the glare of the water out of your eyes.

If you do not wish to fish in this hot weather, I suggest sharpening all those dull hooks in your tackle box. Perhaps you need to go through the entire box and throw away those many lures that you have not used in 5 years. Put new line on your poles, as line rots with age and will not last forever. Make a list of what you need to rig your pole for snook season. After the tackle box is taken care of start on your boat. Check all lines, anchor, pump, life jackets, emergency equipment, paint job and a dozen other items that will keep you busy all summer. I have always heard that a boat is a hole that people pour their money in.

Many have their boats in dry-dock and have gone on vacation or back up north. This makes less traffic on the waterways.

Those fishing this summer are hooking into many catches. Fishing is at its best now with a multitude of hungry fish in the waterways.

Drop a line from your dock and get a black drum, sheepshead or a redfish and a flounder or two.
Go about 7 miles out and land larger than usual grouper.

Motor to the Skyway bridge where the tarpon are holding a convention and playing with the anglers. Some are being landed. Donít forget a special permit is needed on your fishing license if you land one.

Redfish are exciting anglers all over the waterways. They are running, jumping and playing hide and seek. But many have lost the battle and are being boated in all parts of the waterways.

Cobia love the warm water and they are a game fish, giving anglers quite a workout.

I havenít seen anyone land a swordfish in this area, but I have pictures of some of the pioneers around 1900s with them. Yet the Florida Game and Wildlife Commission has issued a 47-inch minimum size for a swordfish catch. They may still be out there but I havenít seen any.

Protect yourself from the sun; be safe boating; and have fun this summer.

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