Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Southwest Florida’s 10,000 Islands & Mangrove Coastlines


The 10,000 Islands of Southwest Florida are certainly any angler’s dream fishing location because of the diverse selection of beautiful fishing locations and the large and eclectic mix of fish that can be found throughout the year.

Most Popular Fish in the 10,000 Islands

Two of the most popular and most commonly caught fish in the 10,000 Islands would have to be snook and redfish. They are also super agile swimmers which makes for a good sport when out on the water trying to reel in your daily catch.

Fishing the flats where the water isn’t as deep is a common thing to do as well. If you are taking advantage of the expertise and knowledge of a charter or guide, they can also point you in the direction of the poling platforms that are located in many different flat areas.

The Best Place to Catch These Fish

Redfish is one of the most common fish to catch in the 10,000 Islands.

The absolute best place to find the greatest success in catching snook and redfish would have to be along the mangrove shoreline. You will want to look for a location along the mangroves in which you spot bait hitting the surface and possibly a few birds feeding. The presence of birds is always a good indication that there are going to be fish around.

However, if you can’t spot any fish, then it may just be the wrong time of the day, and you will have to search a little harder and a little deeper. Otherwise, you can cast your line and fish around overhanging branches or in areas that you see some fallen trees.

Chartering a Boat

To get a complete and all-around experience when visiting the 10,000 Islands in Florida, you should definitely consider chartering a boat. An experienced guide will be able to show you the best places to fish and will arm you with all the knowledge and education you will need for a very successful and bountiful fishing vacation in Florida at any time of the year. 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, Florida.

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, or call

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