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Fishing and Boating in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Looking at a map or marine chart, the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida is essentially located from the south end of Naples, continuing south past Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, and several miles past Chokoloskee. The 10,000 Islands is home to many species of fish that can be found throughout the year. The ... Read More »

Fine February Fishing for the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Well, we made it through the first month of the year and had just a few fronts and wind to deal with in January. Though February generally brings a cold front or two, we sometimes find that they are not as powerful as those that come in January, so hopefully we can all look ... Read More »

Six Reasons To Go Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing is an activity that has been going on since man first met water. Fishing is a hobby for some people and a way to make a living for others. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to fish, or brushing up on your rusty fishing abilities, there’s never been a better time to ... Read More »

What to Know Before Buying a Fishing Rod

Follow the Fish By Capt. Pete Rapps Use the wrong kind of rod and you might find yourself unable to cast as far or accurately as you need to. However, the right fishing rod can allow you to land a cast on a dime and work the bait in the way it was intended. Here are just a few things ... Read More »

Captain Rapps’ Smoked King Mackerel Fish Dip

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com This is our most favorite way to prepare the kingfish we catch here in Southwest Florida. It stores great in the freezer in small plastic containers and we can defrost it quick and easily anytime we have company. The best part about it is that you can prepare it at home even if you ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in ... Read More »

Prime Fish to Target in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The shallow waters of the 10,000 Islands offer many different species of fish to target throughout each season. As each season changes, so do our target species, and also the methods of how and where we fish for them. The most popular targets here include redfish, speckled trout, and snook. In addition to these three, ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in November

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com November is for sure one of the best months to go fishing in the 10,000 Islands! Around this time of year you can easily enjoy the wonderfully mild weather, with very little rainfall or winds to concern yourself with. You can expect daytime temperatures to stay comfortably from the high 70s to the low ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing In October

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps October can prove to be one of the favorite months of year for many 10,000 Islands fishing enthusiasts. Although still a hot summer month, you can expect to see the regular rainstorms begin to taper off as the season begins to change. The daytime temperatures will average in the 87 degree range while the water ... Read More »

7 Essentials For Family Fishing Trips

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps While you probably can’t wait to get out on the water with the family, there are a few things you should have with you to keep them happy, healthy and safe during your fishing trip. 1. Life Jackets While you should have life jackets handy anyway, you should never take kids out fishing on the ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in September

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps September is the warmest and usually rainiest month of the summer here in the 10,000 Islands. You can expect the daytime temperature to remain about 92, with the water temperature hovering around 86 to 88 degrees. Our average monthly rainfall in September is 9.2 inches. The tidal movements here are not huge like they are ... Read More »

5 Tips For Boaters To Beat The Heat

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps The mid-summer heat has arrived, but that doesn’t keep the fish from biting. Still, with the heat can come the risk of sunburn and skin damage, dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So before you head out into the boat, here are a few ways you can stay cool in the summer heat. Tip 1: Stay ... Read More »

August Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps With July ending and August only just beginning, we are approaching the hottest season of the year in the Ten Thousand Islands. With the right planning, you can easily take advantage of the best and most productive fishing our area can offer you. At around midday, the air temperatures will begin to average around 93 ... Read More »

6 Tips for a Safe Day on the Water

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With this hot summer air, and a tackle box full of lures, it is no wonder why you may be excited to hop onto the boat for a long day of fishing and relaxing. However, before you jump in, there are a few safety measures you should know about. 1. Follow and check off ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com In the Ten Thousand Islands in July, two things can be predicted with some accuracy – the weather, and the fishing patterns. Plan to start your fishing and boating early in the morning due to the midday heat and thunderstorms. The fish will tend to bite better during the cooler morning periods, and again ... Read More »

The Perfect Summer Mangrove Snapper Dinner

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Nothing beats a day out fishing with the family like a good old dinner, especially dining on your own catch. Everyone has spent the entire day out in the summer sun, bonding over an age-old tradition, and now you’re all settled back at home and ready for a family meal around the table. I’m telling ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As May makes way for June, the season for summer fishing begins, bearing entrance into our four warmest months of the year. Midday air temperatures hover around 90 degrees every day, making the shallow flats in the early morning – before both the peak heat of the midday sun and the almost daily afternoon ... Read More »

The Best Grilled Pompano You’ll Ever Have

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing along our local beaches, you will have opportunity to catch some quality Pompano, and once you have your catch, you’ll want to make the most of it by turning it into something delicious. There are few feelings as satisfying as catching dinner, and we have a recipe that will allow you to make ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring has sprung, and with it, it brings one of the best months for fishing: May. Because of the mild and dry weather patterns and light wind, May is the perfect month to enjoy our local waters. The water is warming up into the 80s, attracting the fish to set out on their annual ... Read More »