Florida Fishing (File)

Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Report – July 1st, 2024

Florida Fishing (File)
Florida Fishing (File)

With the 4th of July holiday just around the corner, expect some busier boating traffic, especially nearshore and around popular fishing spots.

Weather-wise, things are looking good! Sunny skies with light to moderate winds are forecast.

Water temperatures remain warm, likely in the mid to upper 80s (°F). Tides will vary by location, but expect moderate high tides in the afternoon.

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  • Target Species:
    • Snook: Early mornings and evenings are prime time for snook around mangrove shorelines, docks, and other structures. Live bait like pilchards or topwater lures like poppers and walking baits can be effective.
    • Spotted Seatrout: Look for them in grassy areas and near structure like oyster bars and rock piles. Live shrimp or small jigs fished under a popping cork are good options.
    • Redfish: Target them in shallow flats and near oyster beds during high tide periods. Live bait like shrimp or crabs, jigs with soft plastic trailers, or spoons can all work well.
    • Mangrove Snapper: Cast small jigs or live baits near docks, mangroves, and other structure for these tasty fish.


  • Target Species: Depending on how far you venture out, you could target kingfish, mahi-mahi (dolphin fish), sailfish, or tuna.
  • Conditions: Be sure to check with local charter operators or fishing communities for the latest updates on currents, water temperature, and recent catches. These can vary significantly depending on how far offshore you go.

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  • Live Bait: Live shrimp, crabs, or minnows are always a good choice inshore. Offshore, consider threadfin herring or ballyhoo.
  • Artificial Lures: Jigs with soft plastic tails, spoons, and topwater lures like poppers and walking baits can be effective, especially for snook and trout.

Things to Consider:

  • Holiday Traffic: Be aware of potentially heavier boat traffic, especially near popular fishing spots and channels.
  • Safety First: Always prioritize safety by checking your boat and equipment before heading out. Have life jackets readily available for everyone on board and be aware of weather conditions.
  • Sun Protection: Florida sun can be intense. Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and stay hydrated throughout your trip.


  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC): https://myfwc.com/ – Check here for fishing regulations, licensing information, and some regional forecasts.
  • Local Bait and Tackle Shops: These shops are a valuable resource for up-to-date information on what’s biting, what bait is working best in your specific area, and any last-minute supplies you might need.

Remember: Always check the latest weather conditions and tides before heading out. Be aware of fishing regulations, obtain the proper licenses, and practice responsible fishing techniques like catch-and-release when appropriate.

Have a great time fishing the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast!

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