Capt. Pete Rapps
The warm weather is coming in, and the fish are popping up along with it- making it a great time to head out on the boat to do some fishing!
Here in the 10,000 we catch many different species of fish, from redfish to trout, flounder to mackerel, sheepshead to snook. Right now with the warm April weather coming in, there are a few species you should be looking out for.
This type of fish can be quite the challenge on the oyster bars and mangroves. You can often find redfish in shallow water surrounding structures and near oyster bars and mangrove roots, since this is where their food supply find the most protection from predators. You can easily identify this fish thanks to their body spot near the tail. Commonly, they carry one spot on both sides, but some can have as many as ten spots. You can keep a single redfish per person as long as it is over 18” and under 27”.
Spotted Sea Trout
One of the premiere game fish of the shallow waters, this fish is known to be quite the head shaking top water fighter. Also known as the speckled trout or specks, these fish are silver in color with an olive-green tint on their back, along with many small dots that extend overthe dorsal fin and into the tail. The spotted trout also has a larger lower jaw with two prominent canine teeth and often, sized around 14” to 18”. Once hooked by a light spinning tackle, you are sure to enjoy quite a show of thrashing in its attempt at freedom. In our region you can keep up to four per licensed angler over 15”, however only one of the four allowed can be over 20”.
I like to fish for snook in and around the mangrove islands along the edge of the Gulf, here in the 10,000 islands. At this time of year, the water is warm, and the snook move out of the backcountry and will migrate to the outside islands. A great way to fish for snook is by casting a live pilchard, artificial bait jig, or top water plug. Snook are famous for their lighting runs, wild jumps, and the way they attack a top water plug. These fish are amazing on light spin tackle. The regulations allow a licensed angler possessing a snook stamp on their license, to keep one snook per day only during March, April, September, October and November. The snook must be over 28” and under 33”. All other months are closed.
Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year-round, expert-guided, light-tackle, near-shore, and backwaterfishing trips in the Ten Thousand Islands of the Everglades National Park, and spring-time Tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch fleet offers family-friendly charters that are fun for men, women, and children of all ages – from first-timers to experienced anglers. With our team’s years of experience, vast knowledge of the area, and easygoing demeanor, you are guaranteed to have a great day on the water. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, and see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site for booking information, videos, recipes, and more (don’t miss his world-class seafood seasonings!). Visit www.CaptainRappsSeasonings.com and www.CaptainRapps.com. Captain Pete Rapps,
Captain Rapps Charters and Guides can be reached at 239-571-1756 or CaptainRapps@outlook.com.
Contact Capt. Pete Rapps by email atCaptainRapps@Outlook.com, or by phone 239-571-1756. Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers year round expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and springtime Tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch fleet accommodates men, women, and children of all ages, experienced or not. Between our 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 web site for booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at www.CaptainRapps.com.