June Fishing Forecast
Captain Jim Britton
Offshore anglers, willing to brave the heat, should find a nice variety of species. Bottom fishermen will be able to target grouper, trigger, and black sea bass. Reports from local wrecks and reefs look promising for these species. Nice sized flounder should also compete for baits dropped down to these same areas. Trolling lures or ballyhoo along weed lines will produce nice numbers of dolphin this month. In the absence of weed lines, try to locate flotsam or a congregation of birds.
Nearshore waters will still be holding bait pods. The usual suspects, cobia, kingfish, sharks, and tarpon, should be lurking below the bait – ready to attack anything resembling an injured pogie. Fishing from the piers or the surf, during June, will yield bluefish, flounder, pompano, and whiting. Larger live baits may also tempt free swimming cobia or kingfish from the piers, as well.
Inshore anglers will see a continued increase in the amount of sea trout and snook available. The best bite will be pre-dawn and early morning fishing. On higher tides work grassy edges with your favorite topwater or subsurface plug. When the water is lower search drop-offs or under docks by drifting a live shrimp or small baitfish for these ambush predators. If redfish is your target, fish around oyster bars during periods of high water, and try fishing the banks of the ICW when the tide drops out. With kids getting out of school, June is a good month for targeting ladyfish and jacks also. While these fish are not good table fare, they can be a lot of fun, and can be caught from shore or in a boat.