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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 boat without having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket in the proper size. Even if your child knows how to swim, you do not want to risk their safety. Although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ... 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 in the winter, so in September, scheduling around extreme negative tides will not be much of an issue. This September, the new moon falls on the 1st and the full moon on the 17th. Looking at the solunar calendar for ... 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 Hydrated  Staying hydrated is more than just being in or on the water. When you are swimming, it can be tempting to feel like you are more hydrated than you actually are. You may assume the same thing when you ... 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 degrees. Likewise, the water temperatures will warm up to about 87 degrees. Although this time of day can be stifling hot, there are daily thunderstorms around the time the bite turns off. Once the thunderstorms have come and gone, you ... 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 your pre-departure checklist  No one can perfectly remember everything they need to bring 10 minutes before heading out. That is why you should make a pre-departure checklist to check off before every boat ride. This list should include: life jackets, ... 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 in the early evening after the storms rip though and cool things off a bit. At this time of year, the daytime air temperatures reach the 90s, bringing the water temperature up to the mid 80s. The new moon falls ... 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 you – there’s nothing better. Everyone can be a chef for the family with the right ingredients and recipe, but not everyone has a recipe in mind for the fish found around Southwest Florida. That doesn’t mean you can’t make ... 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 showers – your best bet for fishing. Looking at moon phase, tides, and solunar calendar, I like what I see around June 3rd-7th on the new moon and the 18th-22nd on the full moon. These are the peak solunar days ... 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 some of the best grilled pompano you’ve ever had! This easy recipe starts out with simple ingredients, and those you can typically find at your local grocery store. The ingredients are: 2 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of fresh lime ... 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 migration from the back country waters into the near Gulf flats and island areas. In May the new moon falls on the 7th and full moon on the 22nd. May is one of the months that we will not have ... 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 out and spending the day fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the spring and summer months, but there are things you need to look out for as well, and one of them is the sun. It’s big, ... 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 month. This April the new moon falls on the 7th and the full moon falls on the 22nd. When having a look at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, we have some nice looking days on the 5th ... 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 the warm April weather coming in, there are a few species you should be looking out for. Redfish This type of fish can be quite the challenge on the oyster bars and mangroves. You can often find redfish in shallow ... 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 strong wind gusts and cold fronts we experience in January, which can make for a really comfortable fishing experience and day out on the water. The air temperature can be expected to reach around 52-76 degrees Fahrenheit, while the water ... 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. You’re going to want to start with two ½ inch thick sea trout filets, but if you’re cooking for more than two this can be adjusted as needed. Next, you’re going to want to gather together four tablespoons butter, one ... Read More »

3 Ways To Cook Mangrove Snapper

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Mangrove snapper is going to start to become a regular catch as winter season moves in, and if you plan to bring a few home you’re going to want to know how to cook them! A few recipes can turn this kind of fish into your new favorite kind of fish, and there is a way to cook up mangrove snapper to suit any sort of taste. Three fairly simple and really delicious ways to cook and serve mangrove snapper are: Pineapple Crusted – Mangrove snapper has a flavor that goes so well with ... Read More »

January Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com While January is typically found to be our coldest month of the year, it also makes for some really excellent fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Temperatures can rise into the mid 70s, and with no fronts around, a nice sunny day on the water is actually quite comfortable. With the month of January comes a lot of great fish to be caught! January is another month that you should keep an eye on your tide chart before planning your day on the water. We have some extremely low tides around both the full and ... Read More »

Fishing in the 10,000 Islands in December

Lou Clementi with a nice snook on a Capt. Rapps charter. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com December in the 10,000 Islands is a time of change, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not a time for great fishing! The change of season just means the fish are on the move into different areas. It’s in December that we’ll start seeing our first real cold fronts, and the water temperatures in the Gulf will begin dropping. Looking at the moon phase, tides and solunar bite times for December, I like what I see for best bet days on the 11th-15th and the 24th-28th. The new moon and full moon low tides ... Read More »

Five Reasons Fishing Trips Make Family Memories

Three generations: Todd, Sandy and Charlie Mintz.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing trips are great for people of any age, but they really bring quite a few distinct benefits to families. With today’s high tech world, taking the kids on a boat trip is one way to leave them with an experience ripe with lasting impressions, as everyone gets to spend some quality time together. Memories aren’t made in front of a screen, memories are made in front of one another, and taking a trip out on the boat is a great way to make it happen. Five reasons why fishing trips make the best ... Read More »

Four Things to Pack For Your Charter Boat Trip

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com When you go out on a charter boat trip, you want to be prepared to have a really great day out on the water! In order to make sure you’re prepared, there are some things you can bring along with you to make your trip even more successful.   The 4 things you should pack for your charter boat trip are: Snacks and water – The proper nourishment will keep you fueled up to reel in the big one! It’s important to remember that spending a day out on the water, especially when it’s ... Read More »