by Capt. Greg Stamper
Fantastic fishing should be the June motto. The inshore and back bays continue to produce snook, redfish, and trout. Nearshore will be a tarpon, permit, and cobia gig. Finally, those taking the long runs offshore will have grouper, snappers, tuna, and more. June typically begins our summer rains that will occur sometimes in the early morning hours, but certainly in the late afternoons. Our lower tides will now move from the morning hours, too the late afternoons and evenings.
Snook are in their spawn now, so they will now be found moving along our beaches, back bays, and nearshore wrecks regularly, for the next four months. Redfish early in the morning using topwater lures is my go too. When my arm gets soar, I will then go with the spreads for reds approach. This tactic is plainly throwing several baits out, and just leaving them be. Trout can be found in all the grass to sand transition areas usually in two to four feet of water. Popping corks with a DOA shrimp under them works fine and is easy for customers to do.
The nearshore waters are still teaming with tarpon. There are schools of fish piled up from Naples all the way to Boca Grande. If tarpon is not your thing, you can always go out to the wrecks and catch permit and a possible cobia when conditions are right. Crabs will be the best bet for the permit using as much leader as castable and a 2/o circle hook. There will be other opportunities in the 20-to-50-foot range for snappers, trigger fish, flounder, and even pompano as your bi-catch.
Those taking the long runs out to 100-foot mark or further, will have options. Gag grouper, red grouper, amber jacks, multiple types of snappers, and porgies will be just some of the quarry. Red Snapper fishing is now open and that is going to get many anglers out deeper into the 140-foot range or more. Using shrimp, pinfish, squid, or grunts are just a few of the typical baits that will be used. Depending on how strong the tide is out there will dictate whether you will anchor or drift during these times. Do not discard using flutter jigs in these areas as well, as I have out fished live baits several times using them.
Tight lines, Capt. Greg Stamper
Fort Myers Beach