Summer patterns are continuing, as the afternoon rain accompanied by thunderstorms have been relentless the last month. Fortunately the first six hours of the day is all it takes this time of year to have a memorable fishing experience and catch a variety of species.
Snook are still around in good numbers. They have retreated a bit from the shallow beaches and outside points as their spawn season is coming to a close they will slowly start making their way to the backcountry once again in time for fall. Fishing a bit deeper water can be the difference between phenominal fishing and not getting a hook up. Water temperatures this time of year are important as these snook will tend to stack in areas with extra rich current flow as this will move cooler water. Redfish are also around but require a bit more work as they are spread out over many of our waterways. Fortunately this month we have had some anglers pull several over slot redfish boatside and released to be fought another day.
As with any month there are always surprises, both good and bad. July has been a pleasant suprise with great numbers of Tarpon sticking around both in the back bays and out front feeding heavily on certain stages of the tide. Early morning is the ticket to finding the fish that will readily eat a variety of both flies and artificials.
Another great month of fishing in South West Florida is in the books, please don't hesitate to call on questions about fishing the area or info on fishing trips.
Until next time... Got to Make that Cast !
Capt. Mitch Wozniak