The summer fishing season has almost arrived, and with it we are going to see some exciting fishing activity in the 10,000 Islands. With warm weather arriving, you’ll want to start looking at places along the outside flats and points near the shoreline, rather than in the backwaters. You’ll also want to keep in mind that Florida temperatures can easily reach the 90s, and even with the gusts of cool ocean air, it’s best to plan your fishing trips for first thing in the morning to avoid heat stress.
What Are We Fishing for In June?
The Florida coastal waters are abundant with a beautiful variety of fish during the summer that can excite fishermen of all skill levels from beginners to experts. Here are some of the fish we’ll be fishing for in June:
- Snook: Usually found along the beaches and troughs, Snook are abundant this time of year. Use a live herring thread and pilchards to lure them. You can also use both hard and soft artificial bait if you are so inclined. Definitely go early in the morning though for some exciting topwater action.
- Redfish: Redfish tend to collect outside of oyster bars. You’ll be sure to catch some redfish if you place a live shrimp on a 4/0 circle hook. These fish are bottom feeders, so go when the water is shallow. A trick is to use the old method of “tailing redfish.” If the water is shallow you can find them by looking for their tails.
- Tarpon: Tarpons are great fish to catch in June if you’re looking to head out on the grass flats. These fish love small live bait like ladyfish, larger pilchards, live crab, or thread herrings. Tarpon are really acrobatic fish, so be mindful of your tackle if you are sportfishing.
- Trout: Trout is also a great fish to catch in June. They tend to gather in the flats on the incoming tide. We recommend using gulf shrimp, bucktail jigs, or a soft plastic jig tipped with a fishtail. It’s best to use the latter when you are fishing in 4-6-foot-deep waters.
- Mangrove Snapper: Mangrove snapper collects around the mangrove roots in June. You’ll want to use live shrimp to catch these tasty fish. Thread the shrimp on a small 2/0 hook and you’ll be good to go. A great tip is to let them hold onto the shrimp for a few seconds before you set the hook and reel them in. Otherwise, they may getaway.
No matter which type of fish you’re looking to catch, you’ve picked a great time to fish in the 10,000 Islands. Until next month’s forecast, good luck and tight lines!
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… We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or www.captainrapps.com.