Offshore fishing is generally slow in south Florida during the warm summer months, but there is certainly opportunity! The best idea is to get out there early before the hot sun sends the fish down deep. Mahi are typically on the small side in August, but if you get out there early and search for those weed lines and debris up to 20 miles out you can still catch dinner on most days. This is the time for all the small boat owners to take advantage of calm seas and run, run, and keeping running out searching for fish. Closer to shore, there should be a decent king bite but get them early or fish deep after the sun gets high. As always, live blue runners on a “kingfish rig” or trolling spoons will do the trick. Bonito are already thick and should remain so through August, they are lots of fun on light tackle, but if you are not a fan of this fish simply save them up for bait, chunks, and strips—they usually get scarce as soon as you need them! The sharks seem incredibly thick this year as well so try and get your dinner fare fish in fast.
Summer also brings the best wahoo bite, my favorite, especially around the full moons. I got my first of the season on the first July full moon, and the bite should be even better around the August full moon on the 29th. We like to high-speed troll with big lures around 15kts, but some other favorite “regular” speed trolling baits include a bonito strip under a pink sea witch, a split-tail double-hook rigged mullet (with or without the sea witch) and the always popular “horse” ballyhoo under a blue/white or black/red ilander lure. After hunting for the big boys, don’t forget to do some bottom fishing before you go in. We have been lucky off Delray Beach and Singer Island drifting in 100’ of water using live pilchards.