August is a great month for fishing in the Southeast Region, so it’s no surprise that a lot of females are getting more involved in the sport this month. The summer months are when the seas are calm and the water is clear, making for comfortable fishing conditions, and at the same time, the state’s lobster season is open for anyone wanting to cool off in the water and catch some lobster to go with their fish.
Most anglers learn to fish either from their parents who were fishermen or with friends, and it’s no different for females, although going out on the water for the first time with an overly aggressive angler or group and be intimidating. Like any sport, you don’t get better without practice, so you can cut the learning curve by practicing your casting before you head to the water.
There’s also a bunch of fishing clubs in my region, and every one of them has a good number of female members, so you can join or visit one of these clubs and get some of those members to help you with your skills and fishing knowledge. For those that are intimidated by the sport, there’s Ladies Let’s Go fishing, which offers classes in fishing skills for females around the state. You can find out more information about the group and where the next school will take place at www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
Just about every fishing tournament in my region has a female angler division, and these are great opportunities to put some time in on the water with friends while at the same time getting a feel for the competitive side of fishing. Tournament fishing tends to appeal to the hardcore anglers who put a lot of time and preparation into their day, so be prepared to stick out a full day on the water even if the fish aren’t biting. The one event I know about is the Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown, August 4-7. For more information on that tournament, you can contact Cassandra Kusmich (954) 725-4010.
Fishing in my region can be as simple as going to the beach and taking a rod along and casting small shad-body jigs or lipless plugs, or putting a sandflea on a hook and casting it out and sitting in a chair while waiting for a bite. There’s also a bunch of fishing piers in my region where you can use a Sabiki rig to catch live bait for snook (catch and release only) or snapper.
If you fish from a boat, one of the best things you can do is find a bait school less than a mile off the beach, use a Sabiki rig to catch a bait from the school, and then put a hook in the bait and cast it back into the school. Everything from bonito and barracuda to blackfin tuna, dolphin and cobia come in close to shore to feed during the summer months, so you never really know what you’re going to catch.
How serious you take your fishing is up to you. A lot of my friends fish with their wives or girlfriends and get an early start to the day, fish hard until 11 or 12, then head for the sandbar for a swim in the middle of the day to beat the summer heat. Fishing is supposed to be fun and relaxing, so don’t make the mistake of putting a lot of pressure on yourself to catch fish. Get out on the water, have fun, and even if you don’t catch fish, you’ll get a nice tan and have the opportunity to see a lot of the great marine life Florida has to offer!