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Florida- The Fishing Capital of the World

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Florida is often considered the Fishing Capital of the World, and it continuously delivers on this promise due to the great resources available, as well as the management of these resources. Over the years, the Census Bureau has conducted several surveys asking anglers where they consider the best place to go fishing would be, ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in July

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com 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 ... Read More »

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com There are so many health benefits that can be derived from fishing. So, while you are sitting at home and planning your next family vacation this summer, why not consider a week-long fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands area with your family. It is an enjoyable way to escape the hustle and bustle of ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing Forecast for June

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com This month we typically see water temperatures get up into the mid to high 80s. Along with the increased Gulf water temperatures, June will be our first month of summer to bring us almost daily afternoon rain. Because of this, we typically get out a little earlier in the morning and plan to fish ... Read More »

Charter a Boat on Your Next Vacation

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Summer is approaching fast, and with it we’ll see family trips, great fishing spots, and lots of fun in the sun. If you are a fishing enthusiast, or even new to the fishing experience, then chartering a boat on your next vacation offers many benefits that you are sure to appreciate. Chartering is a ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in May

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Spring is one of the best seasons for fishing, especially if you decide to fish the 10,000 Islands in May. Summer is also fast approaching, and the water is beginning its steady climb to temperatures reaching into the eighties. May, the full moon falls on the 11th and new moon on the 25th. May ... Read More »

Find the Perfect Life Jacket for Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com No matter what you might be doing out in the water, life jackets are a crucial part of boat safety. In fact, boating laws require that you have an approved life jacket for every passenger aboard and that children should have theirs on at all times. Fishing from kayaks and stand up paddle boards ... Read More »

Warm April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With March ending and April beginning, you can expect the water to warm up into the 70s and the air temperatures into the mid 80s. The full moon this April falls on the 11th and the new moon is on the 26th. April is the first month of the year that we should not ... Read More »

Cool Running – Keep Your Engine Cool

BOATING SAFETY By Keith Wohltman  My neighbors were out fishing in the gulf one sunny afternoon and as the wind kicked up they decided to head back to the dock. The waves were beginning to build and their 21-foot Pursuit plowed through the waves smartly. Then they heard a beeping sound, obviously an alarm of some sort, but they did ... Read More »

What Should Be in Your Boat’s Emergency Kit?

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Going out on the boat can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Besides having lifejackets for everyone, you should always have an emergency kit handy and available at a moment’s notice. First Aid Kit If a serious injury happens on the boat, you could be ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in March

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com March is typically a pivotal month where the weather begins to change from winter cold fronts and strong winds, trending to calmer and warmer water temperatures and warmer daytime air temperatures as spring approaches. The State of Florida is easily considered the Fishing Capital of the World, and our Ten Thousand Islands area here ... Read More »

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 »