by Capt. Greg Stamper
Fishing will continue to be outstanding for about anything anglers will want in June. The inshore and back bays will be full speed for snook, redfish, and trout. The nearshore fishermen will have plenty of tarpon, permit, and cobia to play with. Finally, those taking the long runs offshore will have grouper, snappers, porgies, and more. June typically begins our summer rains that will occur sometimes in the early morning hours, but certainly in the late afternoons. Humidity starts to get high and having a good lightning app now becomes important.
Snook went through their spawn last month in my area, so they will now be found moving along our beaches, back bays, and nearshore wrecks regularly for the next four months. Redfish will be more abundant early mornings and just before sundown on the grassy flats. The top water bite is my go too now and I will walk the dog until my arms are tired during these time frames. Trout can be found in all the grass to sand transition areas usually in two too four feet of water. Popping corks with a DOA shrimp works fine and is easy for customers to do.
The nearshore waters are still teaming with tarpon and should continue that way until things cool down come November. If tarpons not you 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 and can be caught in most of our passes during the strong outgoing tides, especially those in the evening. There will be other opportunities in the 20 to 50 foot range as snappers, trigger fish, flounder, and even pompano can be your bi-catch.
Those taking the long runs out to 100 feet of water “about 40 miles” will be greeted with lots of action. Gag grouper, red grouper, aj’s, multiple types of snappers, and porgies will be just some of the quarry. 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. Some days there is a need for 6-8 oz of weight and other times an once or two will be plenty. Do not discard trying flutter jigs in these areas as well, as they can sometimes out fish live bait.
Tight lines, Capt. Greg Stamper
Snookstampcharters.com Fort Myers beach