July is a popular month for fishing in the 10,000 islands, and there’s a good reason for it. While temperatures soar into the mid to high 90’s, there’s no better place to be than enjoying some time out on the water. Daily rain isn’t something to be surprised by, but these short showers work wonders at cooling off the air during the day.
For those looking to catch speckled sea trout, you can expect these bites to be reliable and steady all throughout the month of July. Live shrimp and artificial baits like Berkley Gulp shrimp are both equally attractive to speckled sea trout, making them a particularly fun July catch. To find a good area for trout, you’ll want to fish out on the moving tides on the deeper grass flats. These trout are a bit smaller than winter trout, but they still allow for a fantastic day out on the water.
Mangrove snapper, redfish, speckled sea trout, and shark are just a handful of the great fish you can spend your day catching along the 10,000 islands in the month of July.
For those looking to spot sharks, July is the month to fish. Ladyfish are a favorite of sharks, so catching a few of these to use on a 8/0 hook on a wire leader will give you the best luck. When looking for sharks, go to the same areas that you find the ladyfish, in the flats in around 3 to 5 feet of water. Cast a chunk out and sit and wait. Shouldn’t be long before line is tight.
Mangrove snapper have grown to a nice size by the month of July, which can make them a great time to catch during your trip. You’re most likely to find mangrove snapper among deeper mangrove roots and you can lure them out quite easily using shrimp.
Mangrove snapper isn’t the only July fish you’re going to find along the mangrove tree roots. Redfish and snook will also be seen in these regions along the oyster bars. When the incoming tides come along to flood the oyster bars, drop in some live bait and be ready. Please note these fish are catch and release for all areas North of Marco Island and South of Tampa.
Mangrove snapper, redfish, speckled sea trout, and shark are just a handful of the great fish you can spend your day catching along the 10,000 islands in the month of July. There’s no shortage of fun fish to find this time of the year, along with some of the great natural sights of the region. With a professional guide at your side who knows the area and various techniques during all points in the year, you’re guaranteed to have a time you’re not likely to ever forget.
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.