Saturday, October 16, 2021

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May


The Gerard group with a nice mixed bag of fish on a recent Captain Rapps fishing charter with Captains Kurt and Pete. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

The Gerard group with a nice mixed bag of fish on a recent Captain Rapps fishing charter with Captains Kurt and Pete. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

Spring is one of the best seasons for fishing, especially if you decide to fish the 10,000 Islands in May. Summer is also fast approaching, and the water is beginning its steady climb to temperatures reaching into the eighties.

May, the full moon falls on the 11th and new moon on the 25th. May is one of the months that we will not have any extreme negative low tides around these moon phases to be concerned with during the day. The extreme tides will occur during the night.

Looking at the solunar bite times, in May I like what I see for peak bite days on the 9th through the 13th and the 24th through the 28th. Refer to my website for the current solunar calendar. There is a link on the bottom of my home page for “Solunar Bite Times.”

Here are some of the fish you can expect to catch here in May:

Speckled Trout: You can find these fish in grassy areas that are three to five feet in depth. They like bucktail jigs that are tipped with a piece of shrimp. Always mark a good speckled trout fishing spot in your GPS so that you can revisit the same area on another day for more action.

Cobia: These fish like live baits like pinfish, pilchards, thread herring, large shrimp, and crab for bait. Site fishing these fish as they migrate through our area is one of the more productive fishing methods here in the offshore areas. They typically travel in the shallow offshore waters around buoys, wrecks, and areas with some bottom structure.

Mangrove Snapper: This fish is native to the Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic Ocean, and can be found in different habitats including full



salt, brackish and fresh waters. They feed on small fish and crustaceans and are one of the most common species of snapper that can be found in warmer regions. Live shrimp on a small hook is the most popular method for fishing mangrove snapper around docks, sea walls, and mangrove shorelines in our area.

Snook are also found in coastal and brackish water in the South Florida region, and they are also common along mangrove shorelines and near bridges and reefs. Snook season, however, closes the first of May and remains closed until September, so they are catch and release only at this time. Live baits such as pilchards and thread herring are their favorite baits.

Permit: If you get out to the shallow wrecks, look for schools of permit. They will happily feed on small live crabs, artificial crabs, and jigs.

May is a mild month and a calm time before the summer storms begin to hit, and because of this, you will be able to travel further distances to find areas that are not targeted as much as others.

For more information, contact Captain Pete Rapps, Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides at 239-571-1756, and visit

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 fleet accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not. 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, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class website for booking information, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at

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