Saturday, August 17, 2019

August Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands

Follow the Fish

With August comes some of the warmest weather of the year as we make our way further into the summer months. This hotter weather makes for some of the hottest fishing days of the year as well, in the Ten Thousand Islands.

With the higher temperatures in the nineties, you will find that the water temperature also rises to the high eighties. You will also have to contend with daily afternoon thunderstorms and showers; however, these can also cause a slight cool down, which makes for active evening and sunset fishing.


When fishing the Ten Thousand Islands during the summer months, you will want to choose your fishing times wisely. Choosing the best time to go fishing can be what makes or breaks your summer fishing trip.


So what fish can you find during the month of August?

Snook. These fish can be found on both the incoming and outgoing tides. They are attracted to live bait like thread herring, pilchards, and finger mullet. Due to the warmer water temperatures, you may find that snook tends to tire out very quickly, so you will want to practice some patience on the release revival before you send them back.

Trout. These fish can be found on the incoming tide and closer to the shore and the outside flats. Typically, they will hang out in about three to five feet of water. Bucktail jig with a small piece of shrimp, is recommended. But they also love live shrimp under a popping cork as well, and it gives you better odds for catching these fish.

Tarpon. If you like to fish the outside flats and deep channel cuts, then these are the fish for you. Going earlier in the morning as the sun is rising or during early evening hours around sunset is best. You should use live pilchards and thread herring as well as live ladyfish for the best luck.

Redfish. Fishing along the incoming tide around the oyster bars, you will find redfish in good supply. Live shrimp or live baits like thread herring and pilchards are ideal but Gulp! Shrimp in a new penny or more natural color on a 3/8 or ¼ ounce white or red jig head will work best for these fish.

When fishing the Ten Thousand Islands during the summer months, you will want to choose your fishing times wisely. Choosing the best time to go fishing can be what makes or breaks your summer fishing trip.

Remember, early morning hours or early evening hours are typically the best during the month of August because the water is cooler, and the fish will be much more active.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at captainrapps@yahoo.com or 239-571-1756.

Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.

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