In June, we finally see the beginning of summer fishing in the 10,000 Islands, and with the summer season, we are also met with warmer temperatures that hover in the nineties. With this heat, your best bet for some good and comfortable fishing would come in the early morning hours before the sun hits its peak and before the daily afternoon showers begin to hit.
During June, the fishing will take place more in the outside flats and shorelines, rather than the backwaters. You can find a variety of fish this way including snook, tarpon, trout, redfish, and mangrove snapper.
Tarpon can typically be found in shallow grass flat areas, and you will find them more during the cooler points in the day such as early morning and evening hours. To catch these fish, we suggest you use small, live ladyfish, large pilchard, or large thread herring on a bait runner reel.
Trout can also be found in plentiful numbers during the month of June, and you can usually find them with the incoming tide. Catching these fish is easy when you use a bucktail jig. They also like Gulp shrimp and other varieties of soft plastic jigs that are tipped with small pieces of shrimp.
Redfish can be found just outside of oyster bars and can be caught with live shrimp on a circle hook under a popping cork.
Mangrove snapper can be found around the mangrove roots, and live shrimp will help you catch these fish as well. Keep in mind, when using shrimp to catch mangrove snapper, you will want to let them hold onto the shrimp for a few seconds before you set the hook and begin to reel them in.
If you are planning your next fishing trip and are going to be visiting the 10,000 Islands region, then you will find some bountiful fishing opportunities from the grassy flats areas where you can set your boat to drift with the wind or current across these areas for some leisurely fishing.
Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at www.CaptainRapps.com, or call 239-571-1756.