The greatness of summer time
Capt. Alex Zapata
July 9, 2019
Biscayne Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
People ask me the same all the time: when is the fishing best....The Everglades? Biscayne bay? Islamorada and Key largo? What about the lower keys from big pine down to key west? What's your favorite time of the year?
My answer to all those questions is often quite short: Summer time. What's ironic is that the summer is usually slow time for fishing guides in Florida. I'd say the heat is the main reason as most people leave Florida fleeing the hot summer temperatures. Kids are off of school and people go on family vacations. Lots of folks really enjoy staying up north in their neck of the woods for the summer so they don't bother coming down. Those are some of the reasons why we don't get a strong influx of fisherman during July, August and September.
Now, how serious you are about fishing? Are you the hardcore type of fisherman looking for the very best window for overall fishing? If the answer is yes, You really should come down here for the summer.
As many of you know (those that have fished the flats in Florida before) it is almost always windy here. Summer time is the only time of the year in which we get several days or weeks of back to back calm predictable weather. Only exception are the afternoon thunderstorms and showers but usually, once these come through, the wind lays down, the water cools off and those tailing and rolling fish really start putting on a show!!
Have you ever wanted to have a shot at catching a flats grand slam? If so, you need to come down in the summer, period. Summer time offers the best window for catching a permit, bonefish and tarpon the same day as well as a Tarpon, redfish, snook and trout in the Everglades.
Do you enjoy baby to mid-size tarpon fishing? Many will say "spring time or tarpon season" but I tell you, no other months are better for those juvenile poons than July, August and September. take note all you flyfishing junkies out there!.
Any more benefits of fishing in the summer time? Yes, solitude, and that one is big!!!! If you're the guy that hates fishing around other boats, weekenders, jet skies, summer time is for you. Most people are gone by mid June after all the tarpon craziness, seasonal fishing guides leave Florida as well as all the snowbirds. The results are miles and miles of empty water and unmolested fish, all to yourself. You will only see locals taking advantage of the great fishing.
Is it hot and humid? Yes it is. In fact, the hotter the weather the better the fishing!! If you don't mind the heat you can really experience the best fishing we have to offer for just about any species that inhabit the flats down here.
Give me a call and let me show you some great fishing this summer!
Capt Alex Zapata
Flats fishing guide
IFFF certified fly casting instructor
Miami, Everglades and the keys
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Baby tarpon is best in the summer through fall. Not unusual getting over 20 bites in only a couple of hours
Best time of the year to flyfish for permit and to try to get a grand slam.
Permit fishing in the lower keys and Biscayne bay rocks in the summer
Early morning and late afternoon showers produce red hot bonefishing in the summer.
Biscayne Bay Fishing Forecast:
July, August, September offer the fishing of the year for flats fishing in all the areas I fish for.
Tarpon, snook, redfish, bonefish, permit, sea trout
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