Summer is Here!

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It’s July and can you believe it? – Summer is here!  Time flies when you’re having fun, or like me, busy fishing for a living every day and many nights.  Of course that is fun too, though at this point in the year it does start feeling more and more like work some days  - especially when it gets steamy hot and there is no wind! I do however look forward to July. It is a time of year when traffic on the water and the bustle around town seem to slow down, and fishing can be really good. I’m usually still focused on tarpon fishing this time of year.  Last year I had excellent tarpon fishing throughout the month, especially in the early mornings or evenings back in the Everglades. Fishing with crabs near dark worked great - and there always seemed to be a shot at that elusive permit. In Islamorada we had a bit of a lull in the tarpon fishing during the last part of May. There weren’t many mullet around as the bait run seemed to die off and the tarpon were just not as responsive to it especially during the daytime. We had some whacky weather with winds of 15-20mph on many days, a couple even upwards of 25.  We’re still  dealing with the masses of sargassum weed that blew into the bays and channels, making the bait tarpon fishing very difficult!  The weather has stabilized, and the tarpon fishing has gotten more active again. On a recent trip, I had a very productive day. We landed three out of five big tarpon which was nice after going the previous ten days or so without landing more than one fish a trip. The nice thing about Islamorada is that when one kind of fishing gets tough there are plenty of other options.  I have found some great trout and snapper fishing in the bays of the Everglades.  Jigs and shrimp or fishing GULPs work well for them.  Plenty of shark activity too with an occasional tarpon bite in the channels around Flamingo and off Cape Sable.  I’ve also found an occasional snook and redfish around some of the islands back there fishing the low water. July is a great time for permit fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.  The calm weather and warm water is an ideal condition for getting out to the wrecks where you’ll find plenty of species; tripletail, cobia, goliath grouper and more. Hopefully the fishing this summer will stay productive, and no big storms will come our away! wc-52114tarpon2


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