Here we are, halfway through August and so far this month has not lived up to its reputation for fishing. It is not that the fish are not there, but that the extreme heat and south to southwest wind have contributed to conditions that have been hindering action.

If you want to take a pounding in the choppy offshore seas, pelagic fish are there, just a little farther out than they would be if the water were in better shape.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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