Fishing Report

July Fishing Forecast

Captain Jim Britton

Even though we will have some brutal heat heading our way, a look back at last years fishing log makes me anxious for July to get here!  For inshore fishing, this time of year, get out early and rig up several top water plugs.  I usually have one “walk-the-dog” (zara spook jr.) style plug and one “chugger” (storm chug bug) ready to go. Redfish should go crazy for these plugs on the flats and fishing deeper areas should produce nice trout.  These same plugs can also be used later in the day around bulkheads or docks for some fun ladyfish and jack crevalle action. If you can not get out early, try the same tactics around dusk for similar results or fish after dark for the busy trout and snook (catch and release only as the season is closed)  bite around dock lights.

Offshore anglers will continue to find schools of dolphin.  Looking for the telltale signs (birds or weed lines) in 130 feet or deeper should be the keys to filling the fish box.  Bonita and blackfin tuna may also make their way into the trolling spread.  Bottom fishing reports are looking promising also.  Mangrove snapper from 5 to 15 pounds are being pulled off of many different wrecks and reefs. The reefs will also hold the normal residents like sea bass, trigger, porgy, grouper and amberjack. This year the red snapper season is early and short! Offshore anglers have a 5 day season, July10 – 12 and July 17th.. The wrecks, reefs, and live bottom areas will be crowded these days be courteous and be safe!

For those looking to fish nearshore July will be a great month to continue targeting kingfish, cobia, tarpon, and shark.  These same species should also make their way within casting distance of the pier.  Surf and pier fishermen will also be able to target pompano, flounder, whiting and bluefish.

Remember sun protection and hydration, tight lines!

Captain Jim Britton