Fishing along the coastal shorelines in the dog days of summer can be tough…. and hot, so getting out before sunrise is the best time of day to catch fish. Walk the beach and look for baitfish activity or birds feeding on the surface. Cool off by wading the shallows, casting spoons and hair jigs to active schools of redfish, seatrout, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, and jack crevalle. A long spinning rod in the 7- to 8-foot range with a light tip works great for casting these smaller baits long distances. Be sure to bring a cast net to catch your own live bait for larger species like sharks, bull redfish, or snook––gear up with a heavy-duty surf rod and cast live baitfish or shrimp to troughs along the beach.
Recommended light-tackle gear
• Rod: Shimano Convergence-7’6” medium-power, fast-action spinning rod.
• ReelShimano Sahara 3000 size spinning reel.
• Line:20-pound, PowerPro Maxcuatro.
Recommended heavy-duty surf gear
• Rod: Shimano Tiralejo 11’ Heavy-power, fast-action.
• Reel: Shimano Ultegra 5500 size spinning surf reel
• Line: 65-pound, PowerPro Maxcuatro