Tuesday, October 26, 2021

July Fishing Forecast for the 10,000 Islands


July air temperatures can hover in the high 90s, which can bring the overall water temperature up to a very warm 86-88 degrees during the day. Daily rain can be expected late in the day, tending to cool things down a bit each afternoon.

You will typically find that the speckled sea trout’s bite will remain steady through July. They are smaller than winter trout, but can be found in substantial numbers in July. Speckled sea trout like both artificial baits such as Berkley Gulp shrimp and natural baits like live shrimp.  Trout can usually be found during the moving tides out on the flats.

Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps | Flounder on a Capt. Rapps Charter.

If you are on the hunt for snook, then you can find them along the near coastal mangrove and the hard bottom shorelines around this time, rather than the backcountry. Live pilchards and thread herring on a circle hook are the best for snook. Bring your cast net out to get some live bait on t

e flats.

Redfish can be found along oyster bars and along the mangrove-lined shores. Redfish prefer live shrimp under a popping cork and are often found on the incoming tides when the oyster bars flood with the rising water. This is also the baiting method used on most charters.

Tripletail also can be found at this time of the year and are usually hanging around markers, downed trees, and other structures. They also love live shrimp on a circle hook. Permit and cobia can be found around offshore structures and silver dollar sized crab is enough to attract the permit.

Mangrove snapper are decently sized during this time of the year when you compare them to their size other parts of the year. If you are looking for them, they can usually be found among the mangrove roots and love live shrimp and will excitedly gulp them up.

During July, you may also see an abundance of sharks. Sharks tend to go for ladyfish, so catch a few ladyfish on the flats and send them out on an 8/0 hook on a wire leader. Look for sharks in the same areas on the flats in just 3’-5’ of water. Alongside the sharks, tarpon are also present and looking for ladyfish, thread herring, and pilchards around the flats early morning and early evening.

Spotted sea trout caught on a Capt. Rapps Charter.

No matter what fish you are looking to find during your trip to the 10,000 Islands during July, there will certainly be no shortage of fish and other interesting sights to behold. Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 islands and the Everglades National Park, FL.

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


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