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Mid-July Update!

Posted on 07/15/2018

Well folks, the summer season has continued to fly by, as somehow we're already halfway through the month of July.  It has certainly been an interesting month weather-wise, as we started the month off with blistering heat and unseasonably warm water temperatures.  Fast forward a week later I had to dig out the long sleeves for a couple of mornings, as several days of strong north winds brought us a much needed cool down.  The weather has since stabilized into a more normal July pattern, which unforunately means more heat and humidity, as well as rising water temperatures again.

I have been very fortunate to have been very busy so far this month, and while I cannot say that we haven't had a slow trip or two, I can say that those days have been limited and that I have been very pleased with the fishing that we've had.  We had a strong speckled trout bite at the begining of the month, with good numbers of quality fish, and a couple of true gators thrown in as well.  We have continued to pick away at the trout since then, although the bite has slowed somewhat.  However, our flounder fishing has picked up quite well, and we had several good days with the flounder last week.  As can be expected, we have had to weed through quite a few undersize fish, but have been finding some nice keepers mixed in as well.  We have also continued to find a few redfish and black drum to play with along the way, so all in all things have been pretty good for us.  While it is normal for the fishing to get a little more hit and miss as the summer progresses, I certainly hope that this year will be more of an exception to the rule and and this consistent fishing will continue.

I still have a few dates available in late July, but they are getting very limited, so be sure to call ahead if you're going to be in town later this month and want to do some inshore fishing.  As for August and beyond, I still have plenty of open dates, but as always, be sure to give me a call ahead of time so that you can hopefully get the date that you would like. 

Check out the photos of some of our recent catches below!

- Capt. Kyle