Sunday, May 16, 2021

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in September


September is one of the warmest months of the summer in Florida, and along with the heat, we also see an increase in the amount of rainfall. The temperatures during the day will typically hover around the 92-degree mark, and the water will stay a warm 84-86 degrees.

Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps | This young fisherman caught a trout on a Capt. Rapps charter.

The rainfall amount, on average, in the 10,000 Islands area is approximately 9.2 inches. However, the tidal changes are not as extreme as they are during other times of the year.

Because of the high heat, you might notice a decrease in bite once early afternoon hits. However, some of those midday storms in September will definitely cool things off a bit and bring the fish back for an early evening bite. As night comes, the temperature will drop to the lower eighties mark which also makes for some comfortable late-night fishing.

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If you are on the lookout for snook in September, then you will want to explore some of the outside barrier islands where there is a good moving tide. Pilchards are a good choice if you prefer natural or live bait. However, artificial will also work such as a Berkley Gulp Shrimp.

For speckled sea trout, you will want to visit the deeper edges of the grass flats and stay there for the one to two hours around the incoming tide. You will find the most action within the three to five-foot water range. Artificial or live bait will work here as well.

Keep in mind the regulations in the Southwest Florida Region, however, when it comes to how many trout you are able to keep. Most regulations allow each licensed angler to keep four trout that are between the sizes of 15” and 20”. One of these four fish can also be over that 20” mark.

Before fishing, make sure you familiarize yourself with the current regulations for the area because these rules are constantly changing and may not always be the same.

To catch snook, explore outside barrier islands with a good moving tide.

Redfish can also be found in September, and they tend to frequent the incoming tide on the outside barrier islands and oyster bars. For artificial bait, we recommend a gold spoon, Berkley Gulp Shrimp on a jig head, or a buck tail jig tipped with shrimp.

For natural bait, live shrimp is always a good choice as well as thread herring and pilchards under a popping cork. Remember that you need to work the popping cork if you are hoping to attract the fish.

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.

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at, or call

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