June Flats Fishing in Islamorada

It’s june and the fishing is as hot as the weather!  Tarpon have been in full ‘migration’ swing with many large fish still around and plenty of local ‘residents’ showing up in the backcountry everglades channels.  Sight fishing for them is optimal this time of year as the winds traditionally subside leaving excellent opportunity for fly fisherman.  Even sight fishing with crabs or other live bait can work, or throwing artificial.  In the everglades the snook fishing has been productive and there has been some white bait a.k.a pilchards around which makes that much more exciting.  We pitch a few freebie live baits into the mangroves and watch for the snook to boil and pop, then slide one over with a hook in it and it is game on!  On the flats the redfishing is good early in the mornings before it gets too hot.  The reds are in the super skinny for the most part so you need a boat that can get you in a few inches of water this time of year.  Out in the gulf there have been some permit and the occasional cobia or tripletail if you find the right structure to fish.  The permit are a great sight fishing target, a live crab is a personal favorite of their’s though shrimp can work well too.

Capt. Rick Stanczyk