August is the beginning of our tropical storm season and it can be a great time to fish the IRL as well as the beaches from Melbourne down to Sebastian Inlet as long as the ocean is calm and the tropical storms aren’t wreaking havoc on us. I like to focus on the flats, spoil islands or mangrove shorelines loaded with bait in the Indian River Lagoon from Palm Bay to Sebastian. Try to get out early and use Topwater baits such as Rapala’s Skitterwalk. The bite will stay solid if you switch to live bait as the sun comes up and the water warms. If the fish wont hit topwater early, go subsurface with the Rapala Twitchin Mullet and Twitchin Minnow. If soft baits are your preference, DOA Shrimp and Cal 4” jerkbaits in the mullet pattern or rainbow trout work well.
Look for bait pods along the beaches from Melbourne down to Sebastian to target Tarpon, Cobia, Snook, Kingfish and Sharks. If anglers have live bait, fish the trough for Snook and redfish as well as the occasional tarpon looking ofr a meal. Looking for Snook and Redfish in the inlet, use live bait along the jetties in the day and fish Rapala Long Cast 14 lures, bucktails and Hogy 7” jigging eels at night off the jetties for consistent action. Anglers can also drift live bait between the fenders at night for snook and redfish.
Focus on the Creeks from Melbourne down to Sebastian for Snook, Tarpon, Sharks and big jacks. After the heavy rains, fish the spillways with live baits or fish the DOA Cal paddle tails and the Terror eyz in the deeper waters. For a hard bait, use the Rapala Twitchin mullet and minnow for good success on Snook and juvenile tarpon. Anglers can also target the shorelines, docks and oyster bars for snook and may even find a few flounder too.