July is one of the better months to target blue marlin in my region, and the way you do that is to either find a nice rip with a temperature break or run out and fish the oil rigs. Both are very effective ways to target marlin, since both tend to hold the baitfish that marlin are feeding on.
Of all the regions in Florida, mine is the best known for its grouper fishing. The best time to target grouper in my region is during the winter months when the fish come in closer to shore, but we do catch them on a regular basis all year long.
The first thing you want to remember when it comes to fishing with kids is that it has to be fun for them, so the more action, the better. They really don’t care what they catch—everything is a good fish to them. You want to make it exciting, while at the same time praising them a lot as they develop their fishing skills.
The summer months are prime time for catching bait in my region, as a lot of the larger herring species are out on the beaches and passes while the juvenile (and some larger ones) are on the grass flats. Then there’s pass crabs coming out on the Hill Tides, so there’s a lot of options depending on the species of fish you plan to target.
Early June is one of the better times of the year to target dolphin in the Southeast Region. Look for the fish in anywhere from 300 feet of water on out, and if there’s an east or southerast wind there’s a chance they can be in a little closer. The easterly winds push the weeds and other debris and well as all the bait and fish closer to shore from the Gulf Stream.
May is the best month of the year to target kingfish in my region, as the Atlantic group of migratory fish are in the area the entire month. We also see a lot of southeasterly winds in May, and those winds push the sardine schools closer to shore.
Because of all the shallow water and extreme tidal range, kayak and canoe fishing are huge in northeastern Florida. In fact, there’s a great website dedicated to kayak anglers at www.Jaxkayakfishing.com.
May and June are big spawning months for yellowtail and mangrove snapper in my region, and the mangroves spawn through the summer months. They’ll start grouping up on the high relief structures, particularly around the new and full moons. You can mark them on your depth recorder, usually just above the structure, but sometimes to one side of it.
There probably isn’t a better place to target tarpon in May than the Florida Keys. That’s when the main body of fish are migrating into and through the area before heading up either side of Florida, and of all the great spots to catch them in the Keys, my favorite is around Long Key.
One of the most popular fishing clubs in my region is the Ancient City Game Fish Association out of St. Augustine. It’s a very family oriented club and they hold their ladies tournament throughout the entire month of April.