July 3, 2017 | by Steve Beare
July means our summer is in full gear with higher water temperatures and afternoon thunderstorms. Like most warm days the mornings at first light provide the best opportunity for tailing Redfish or bedded SeaTrout on the flats and Snook along the mangrove protected shorelines. As the water temps rise, the fish will seek deeper water searching for cooler water.
Fish the mangrove shore lines. using a EP Baitfish on fly, Jerk baits and/or top water of your choice. Pigfish is the go to live bait for bigger trout but Live shrimp, greenies or pilchards fished under a popping cork will be hard to beat for the trout if you can keep it from the big jacks that are roaming the flats. Pole quietly, or drift across the flats and you will find some big fish sitting in the sand pot holes waiting on a free meal to drift by. Redfish will continue to hold up on the flats around Round Island and the Moorings.
During the full moon this month try using mojarra, greenies, pilchards or a live shrimp on nearby bridges for a stellar Snapper bite. Use a #2 hook with a 20lb flourocarbon leader and a half-ounce split weight and get ready to work. As always, if you’re not sure what to do, check us out on our reservation page and book your next adventure!