South County Inshore & Freshwater July 2019

Capt. Patrick got a morning workout in with this jack on fly

By Capt. Patrick Smith, Contributing Writer

It’s hot! This might be one of the easiest months of the year to catch big fish. The key is getting out when it’s a little cooler, early mornings and late nights will all produce fish.

Every inlet from Sebastian to Miami will be loaded with spawning snook. A live bait fished on the bottom most likely won’t go ignored for long. This is not the time to use light tackle, heavy rods will help shorten the fight and give the fish a better chance of survival. Remember to take the time to revive your fish as their eggs are our future stock.

Shyam Kumar with his first clown knifefish.

Nearshore there will be boat loads of bonitos and kingfish. It’s a great time to throw big poppers for some incredible surface bites.

Bill with a giant butterfly peacock.

In the freshwater with water temperatures in the 90s everything is happening early. Live bait and artificial bait should produce plenty of peacock bass and clown knifefish action.

Get out there, drink plenty of water, and have fun!

Capt. Patrick Smith