July brings hot weather and hot fishing! Right now the king mackerel are biting well on the party grounds, with the occasional cobia, bonito, barracuda, or amberjack making an appearance. Slow trolling pogies or jigged up sardines or cigar minnows will usually draw a strike. Tarpon are in the area and could be crashing the pogie pods or lurking in the depths of the river. Once you hook one, the fun begins with explosive leaps and tail-walking in an effort to free itself. Blacktip and spinner sharks are behind the shrimp boats and in the inlet, and will test your stamina and tackle.
Large redfish are in the deep river and at the jetty tips. This fishing should be improving until it peaks in Sept. and Oct. Trout have slowed down due to the heat during the day, but will be feeding around dock lights at night during moving tides. Trout will also hit lures fished early and late. Flounder should be biting on mud minnows and finger mullet fished near pilings and rip rap out of the main current. Jacks, spanish mackerel, and ladyfish are all fun on light tackle.
Go early, watch the weather and avoid thunder storms, and enjoy some summer fishing!