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 before the peak heat of the day and rain hits.
The month of June brings redfish, snook, tarpon, sharks, and trout in increased numbers on the shallow water bars, flats, and shoreline areas. This June the full moon is on the 9th and the new moon is on the 24th. Look for the fastest moving tides and peak solunar bite days between the 7th- 11th and 22nd-26th. For more information on solunar bite times and dates please refer to my website at www.CaptainRapps.com.
Redfish like to swim around outside oyster bars and I love to fish for them on the incoming tide as the water floods these areas to 2’-4’ depth. Live shrimp will easily gain their attention on a circle hook under a popping cork.
Tarpon tend to roam in the shallower grass flats and tend to bite more during the early morning hours or evening hours, in other words, the cooler hours throughout the day. Live ladyfish, large pilchards, or thread herring are most desired meals for these fish.
Mangrove snapper can be found in abundance along the mangrove roots, and they are attracted to live shrimp. It is best to let them take the shrimp for a few seconds before youset the hook. I like to fish with popping corks for these guys around the mangrove shorelines.
Trout can also be found in excellent numbers during the month of June and can be found along the grassy flats in 3’-5’ of water. They like bucktail jigs as well as Gulp shrimp and any other soft plastic jig that is tipped with shrimp. Try setting your boat up to drift with the wind or current across the large grassy flats.
June is a great month for fishing, and with early morning hours and evening hours in the cooler weather being the best, there are always opportunities to find the fish you are looking for without having to sweat it out and leave empty handed. It also allows you the chance to escape from the almost daily afternoon showers that are common while fishing the 10,000 Islands in June.
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