Hot Island Fishing

by Capt. Rodney Raffield

Hi Coastal Anglers, Capt. Rodney here with a report of what is happening here in Everglades National Park. We are definitely into summer with temps in the mid 90’s in the afternoon. During this time of the year we get an early morning start to get the best action on the fish and also beat the heat. With all the rains, snook and reds have moved onto the island reefs and outside points. We are producing decent trout on the flats with limits on most of my charters. Big snook are in and we are having our best luck on high falling tides or mid to high tide on the oyster reefs and outside points. We are producing reds also, but these fish are still small, but more lower slot fish this past month. Hot lure has been a Mr. Wiffelure on a ¼ oz jighead tipped with shrimp. But we have had some big fish on cut ladyfish on a 2/0 circle hook, which I fish under most conditions, with no sinker. All in all, we are having very productive fishing down here in the beautiful Chokoloskee Bay country. So, get out there and catch that monster with your name on him!  Capt. Rodney

Capt. Rodney Raffield is a 6th generation native of the Everglades area. If you would like to experience fishing this awesome place he calls his Backyard, he can be contacted at 239-695-4626 or email
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