Fishingcast: Conditions for Southwest Florida, July 6-12

Capt. Bill Walsh

Red tide remains an issue. Worse Lee County, Fort Myers. Less erratic showers. Wind gusty south and southeast at times. Unusual strong ebb tides reach 5’ late week. Water temp holds 87-88.

Sunset fishing in the Everglades.


  • Backwater: Mackerel show everywhere. Heavy action in fast tides. Passes and deep cuts like Rookery Bay. On small tipped jigs moving. Snook stay active in heat on shallow current points incoming on pilchards.
  • Nearshore: Mid-range reefs; John Dee for mackerel, small kings top water. Lane snapper deep on weighted jigs under chum. Five Mile northwest corner has barracuda action on trolled plastic eel.
  • Offshore: Towers for hot permit action to 30# on free-lined small crabs under chum. Consider release.


  • Backwater: Snook super active on week’s fast a.m. ebb. Naples Bay to Gordon current edges with pilchards. Pompano Hurricane Pass fast late a.m. ebb on tipped jigs. Trout edges Rookery Bay #R22 entrance.
  • Nearshore: Snook on Keewaydin south beaches mid a.m. high water on live bait. Snapper action east edges Gordon Five on weighted jigs under chum.
  • Offshore: Super deep wrecks for amberjack to 30#. Great action. Note: season closed until Aug. 1. Red grouper inch closer. Tight to hard bottom 60-70’ on live pinfish on drift.


  • Backwater: Go early! Snook along channel markers Coon Key to Matanzas current drop offs with pilchards. Pompano, Oswego Bay markers drop offs on ¼ oz tipped jigs.
  • Nearshore: Mackerel mixed with blues east edges MAY with tipped jigs over chum. First reefs for lane and mangrove snapper weighted jigs with chum.
  • Offshore: Deeper wrecks holding bait for migrating pelagics (king mackerel, cobia, some permit, sharks) working live bait under chum. Fast p.m. tides ideal.

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