Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July
Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps | Brian Olson holds up a nice redfish he caught on a Captain Rapps charter.

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July


Capt. Pete Rapps

Brothers Jay and Scott Newsome caught some beautiful speckled sea trout.

It is officially summer, which means our daily air temperatures are beginning to climb into the nineties, so it is best to start your fishing trip earlier on in the morning. Starting your fishing trip earlier will help you escape from the high midday heat, and you can avoid those afternoon thunderstorms and showers that are so predictable during the summer.

While the temperature of the air reaches the nineties, the water will get into the eighties. Looking at the moon phases and solunar calendar, the best water movement, typically producing the best feeding patterns will be the weeks around the full moon on the 9th and the new moon on the 23rd. Be sure to check out the solunar bite time section of our website to keep up to date on each month’s best predicted activity.

In the Ten Thousand Islands area during the summer, the weather is a bit more predictable and with the weather comes more predictable fishing patterns. While it was mentioned that fishing in the early part of the day is best to avoid the heat and afternoon storms, it is also advisable to fish in the early evening hours after the storms have passed and cooled everything off a bit.

Some shallow water fish you can expect to be biting during the month of July are:

Snook: The snook have moved out of the back country and can be targeted along the near coastal and coastal mangrove and hard bottom shorelines. One of the best bet baits for snook are live pilchards and thread herring fished on a circle hook.

Speckled Sea Trout: These fish typically remain steady and you can still find them in pretty decent numbers. They love live shrimp as bait and can usually be found most often during the moving tides.

Redfish: These fish can typically be found around oyster bars and mangrove-lined shorelines. These fish also respond to live shrimp under a popping cork on the incoming tides

Mangrove Snapper: These fish begin to get a bit larger this time of year if you compare their size to the other months of the year. They can be found among mangrove roots and respond best to live shrimp bait.

Contact Capt. Pete Rapps by email at 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 website for booking info, videos, recipes, seasonings, and more at 

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