Saturday, December 14, 2019

Fishing Forecast for June in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH

With the end of May comes the beginning of June as well as the start of summer fishing in the 10,000 Islands area. With the summer months, we also see some of the warmest months of the year where midday temperatures may hover around the ninety-degree mark.

With this kind of heat, your best bet for some successful fishing is in the early morning hours in the shallow flats before the sun reaches its peak and before any afternoon showers make their way in.

During the summer months, most of the fishing takes place on the outside flats and points near the shorelines rather than the backwaters. During June, you will find snook along the beaches and troughs. They appreciate live thread herring and pilchards, but you can also fish with soft and hard artificial bait as well. Early morning at first light can lead to some great topwater action.

You can also find redfish outside of the oyster bars. They like live shrimp on a 4/0 circle hook under a popping cork. If you prefer to fish the shallow grass flats, then you can expect to find tarpon in June. For these fish, toss out a few small, live ladyfish, larger pilchards, live crab or thread herrings.

Trout can also be found in decent numbers during June on the flats on the incoming tide. They prefer bucktail jigs and Gulp shrimp or any other plastic jig that is soft and tipped with shrimp fishing in 4-6 feet of water. You will also find mangrove snapper in abundance around the mangrove roots. All you need for these fish is live shrimp you thread onto a small 2/0 hook.

Whenever you use live shrimp to catch mangrove snappers around the mangrove roots, you want to let the fish hold onto the shrimp for a few seconds before you set the hook and begin to reel them in.

If you are planning a summer fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands region of Florida, then you will find an abundance of different fish species with many fishing opportunities around the grassy flat areas and oyster bars. You can easily set your boat to drift with the wind, or you can choose to current across these areas for a more leisurely fishing experience.

Remember, some of the best times for fishing in this area during June are the early morning hours before the sun has hit its peak and before the afternoon showers begin to roll in.

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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