Whew, hot is not the word. Fishing is great as long as you are not out in the midday heat. Night fishing for Snook has been excellent, especially around Marco and Naples. Small white flies less than an inch long have been the key. Too large and they are passing them up. One our before dark the popper bite has been excellent also. Lots of Snook in the 20 to 25 inch range along with Snapper and Jack Crevalle have been eating them up.
Morning fishing has been good also. If you are catching bait the Mangrove Snapper bite has been nothing short of excellent. We limited out in about an hour the other day. Plenty of Snook are biting along with the snapps. Most of the good fishing has been associated with the passes or rocks and docks near the passes. The inside fishing has been a little slow with the lack of rain we have been having. Rain has been moving in this week so it might turn things on again up in the creeks. I would expect the Tarpon bite to improve in the creeks with the new rain showers we are having.
The outside fishing has been nothing short of excellent. Snapper and Grouper have been great on the near shore wrecks and reefs along with some great permit fishing on all the wrecks and towers. There have been a lot of Little Tunny or False Albacore out there also. Chumming on the wrecks have been bringing them up. Fast and furious is what it has been like if you get the bait to chum with.
Bass Fishing in the Glades has been almost non existent which is the norm for this time of the year. It will get better as the water temps drop a little in the fall.
Next month should see some great fishing as well. September is one of my favorite months to fish in our area. Very little boat traffic and lots of fish traffic make for very good outings. This is usually one of the best months for little tarpon as long as we are getting rain. Small white flies or white Jerk baits that look like dying shad are the baits of choice. Good Luck and Good Fishing. Capt. Roan z.