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June Fishing Recap & July Forecast

By July 3, 2024One Comment

You see Matt and his son Matthew doubled up on summertime snook above!

The Black Margate and drum are chewing!

The bite on these two species has been the best we’ve ever seen over the last two months.  Last year Justin and I stumbled upon some very unique fisheries that we hadn’t previously known about.  We contribute this to the newest, latest, and greatest in side scan and down scan technologies that we have on our Skeeter Boats.  I found an area of reef that holds slot sized Black Drum and giant Black Margate.  We have been trying to keep this a secret as best as we can, because the commercial anglers out there will destroy this school of fish in a matter of days if they find it. Justin found an area that often holds snook and redfish in the mid-summer months.  Now this isn’t all that uncommon except for that fact that these fish are holding over reefs and wrecks in a deepwater scenario.  Not the usual places that we have historically targeted these two species over the past 30 years.

We have many of the usual suspects (reds, jack, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, trout, and tarpon) in the flats and near-coastal waters this month and next.  The key to getting on a good bite here is starting early before it gets Africa hot on the water and the bite shuts down.  Afternoon trips are difficult to run during this time of year, because of the frequent thunderstorms that we get on an almost daily basis.  When booking your trips with us at this time of the year, look at the 4 or 6-hour flats trips,  or the 6-hour near-coastal or offshore trip offerings, this usually keep you from having to run for cover from the lightning on most days.

This time of the year the inlet jetties and water close to the entrance of Port Canaveral become a favorite place for us to fish.  Snook, redfish, and a few other species make their home around these structures.  The snook and redfish are closed to harvest at this time of the year, but they are usually biting pretty well for us so we like to focus on this area because multiple hook ups are common.
It’s a great time of year to fish and captain Justin and I look forward to having you on one of our boats real soon to go catch your next memory!
Thanks again for fishing with us!

Let’s Catch Your Next Memory!

-Captain Jim Ross

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