Regardless of the month, if it’s summer on the Gulf Coast you can count on rain to some degree every afternoon. On the other hand you have the mid summer heat with all it’s suffocating humidity. With the sun rising hot & early the inshore fishing can shut down in the early morning hours therefore one may want to consider a dock lights inshore fishing trip. The summer storm runoff does cloud the water but the dock lights themself provide anglers with an advantage. If it’s redfish & speckled trout your after buy your live shrimp the day before and hit the water around 6AM. For all you surf fisherman out there lady fish and pompano will be your friend as long as the storms corporate. The key to the surf fishing game is fish bites & sand fleas.
Much like the inshore bite the offshore bite is good later on in the day. We are running a lot of trolling / bottom fishing combo trips in the afternoons. The Gulf of Mexico is a big place so we can easily run around the afternoon storms as needed. Red snapper along with Amberjack & Trigger Fish are holding on the offshore reefs in the slightly deeper (55ft. Pluss) waters. Even thow these fish are fairly consistent through the mid summer months in PCB, remin aware the with both State & Federal governments setting Red Snapper dates it can get confusing. Be sure and check the FWC fishing regulations before you get your hopes up for a Red Snapper trip this summer.
Because our fleet does have comfortable center consoles with knowledgeable captains I would suggest taking advantage of the diversity July has to offer. Bottom fishing for snapper and grouper mid day while trolling your way in for kings or sight fishing for cobia & mahi mahi is a great way to spend 6 hours of offshore fishing. Please keep in mind that a long sleeve performance wear fishing shirt could make a world of difference when spending the better part of the day in the summer sun. Be sure and visit the Intercoastal Outpost and gear up before your next trip.