Summer in Southwest Florida can offer some spectacular beach fishing. Despite the hot weather, if you prepare you can beat the heat and end up with some great action. Pick your times to coincide with the best tides in early morning or late afternoon. Remember though, chance of thunderstorms are more likely to occur in the afternoon and evenings. Always take heed, when a storm is approaching – get off the beach as soon as possible. No one wants to end up as a lightening statistic. Currently, catch and release snook are slamming a variety of live baits and artificials from the beach. Seatrout and flounder are also biting in the first trough. A few Spanish mackerel too are crashing baits and lures at the end of Islander groins as well. If your up to the challenge, large Cuda’s are patrolling the beach ready for a kill. Surprisingly, these big bruisers can be caught with the right live bait and appropriate tackle. This is “big game” fishing right from the beach! It is not advised to eat these big ones due to the possibility of ciguatera poisoning. Please see news and resources drop-down for more information.
Take care and Happy Fishing!
Coach Steve Herich