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Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

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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

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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

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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

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Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

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

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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

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Kieran caught some nice trout while wearing his good luck safety gear on a Captain Rapps Charter

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

Deborah, Sharon and Zaida caught some nice redfish, snook, trout, and sheepshead. Submitted photos

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

It’s hot out and we are all wearing long-sleeve Columbia brand breathable fishing clothing. Submitted Photo

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

The Wicklund crew with a nice black drum on a Capt. Rapps charter. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

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

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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

Capt. John from Captain Rapps Charters with a nice slot size redfish. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

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

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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

Bob caught a nice catch and release snook on a Captain Rapps Charter. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

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

A good day’s catch of pompano. Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

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

Jeff with a nice black drum caught on a Captain Rapps Charter.

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 »

Fishing 101: Protect Yourself From the Sun 

Appropriate sun protection on Kurt, who caught a snook.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com With summer right around the corner and the weather finally warming up, fishing is becoming more and more popular every day. And why not? You get to go out and enjoy the sun, a cool breeze, and relax for the day as you anticipate the excitement of your catch of the day. Going ... Read More »

April Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Captain Pete Rapps with a nice catch and release permit.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As March ends and April begins, our water begins to warm up, as does the bite. Water temperatures should get up into the high 70s this month, with air temperatures in the mid 80s. I always like to look at the moon phases and Solunar calendar when selecting the best bet fishing days each ... Read More »

The 10,000 Islands Fish You Should Know

This lucky fisherman will enjoy trout for dinner!

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

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in February

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com February is a great time to go out for a fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands, but you’ll want to make sure you prepare for what you’re going to experience! While February will have most of the same temperatures as January when it comes to air and water, we’re typically not seeing the same ... Read More »

Lemon Sea Trout With Capers

Capt. Pete Rapps with a speckled sea trout. SUBMITTED PHOTO

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The January and February shallow water fishing season is all about speckled sea trout, and if you’re planning to take home dinner, there are plenty of incredible recipes you can use. One that is particularly simple and tasty is lemon sea trout with capers, which brings a little sunshine into our coldest weather season. ... Read More »