by Capt. Greg Stamper
June is here and the fishing will continue to be great! All options are open for anglers fishing both the shallow flats and nearshore waters the entire month. Tarpon are going to continue to take up most of my anglers’ time here in Southwest Florida, but snook, redfish, permit, and cobia will be also targeted. We can expect the waters around us to continue the warming trend as we creep toward the dog days of Summer.
Tarpon of all sizes will be found along practically every shoreline and back bay estuary throughout the region. Early mornings and during the evenings will be prime fishing. Tarpon will be chasing massive schools of glass minnows as well as threadfins from 6 feet all the way out to 20 miles at times. Fishing around bridges and passes at night, especially on the outgoing tides can be very good. If you haven’t been getting on the tarpon bite, then you’ve missed out for about 2 months now.
Snook are now going to be found cruising the beaches, usually within a few feet. These fish will be getting fat on the schools of white bait as they get ready for their July spawn. You can sight fish them along the beaches now or stay back in the back bays or around docks as they’ll be plenty there as well. Flys that mimic the small baitfish you see, artificial lures that look similar, or the real thing are the goto’s. Snook will be catch and release for a while, so please handle fish with care to ensure their survival.
Redfish should be in the mix for bay anglers as well as trout hopefully soon. We’ve had a tough time getting trout in my neck of the woods since last June, so I’m keeping my figures crossed there. Pompano, mackerel, and a host of other action fish will continue to big good as well as shark fishing.
Capt. Greg Stamper