Current Fishing July 2017

Read below to find out all the current fishing conditions around The Bait Box.

Blind Pass.

The big Snook are making some happy anglers right now! Lots of  Jacks, Snook, Redfish and Pompano along with Whiting and Trout in the pass. Cut frozen Threadfins and Ladyfish are super effective right now along with live Pinfish and Shrimp. Some Tarpon hitting pass crabs, blue crabs and mullet! Artificial baits are hot too! Many reports of big Pompano, Black Drum, many Trout.  Stronger current in the pass will require more weight then most other fishing spots.  Redfish are starting to show up and are biting pinfish and grunts, Shrimp on a popping cork as well as cut bait, such as Ladyfish, and spoons. Flyfishing for Tarpon has been great, crab / sandflea patterns are popular.

J.N. Ding Darling 

Snook and Redfish along with some Mangrove Snapper can be found along most of the culverts along with lots of juvenile Tarpon and Trout. Lots of Ladyfish too. Freelined shrimp works best at the culverts, and bait fish such as greenbacks, or Pinfish fished on bottom along the banks. Many species are being caught throughout the preserve.   Greenbacks and Pinfish have been spotted at a few of the culverts, so keep your cast nets ready! Z-Man swim baits, Vudu shrimp and D.O.A. “Deadly Combo” have been super effective throughout the refuge. Shrimp under a popping cork will get great results here.

Causeway Islands

Some bait being caught near the bridges! Tarpon are still biting now and then. Lots of Mangrove Snapper are being caught as well as Snook, Flounder and Spanish Mackerel. Lots of Trout, Whiting, Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish. Many reports of Snook and Reds hitting shrimp, frozen Ladyfish, threadfins and pinfish.  Spotted Seatrout being caught out in the grass flats using shrimp fished under a float.  Flounder, Jack Crevalle and snapper have all been caught under the bridge using  shrimp or cut greenbacks. Sharks, most commonly but not limited to Blacktips, and Bonnet Heads have also been caught on most everything from shrimp to cut mackerel or mullet. Good sized greenbacks are all around right now so a cast net will be a great investment. Tarpon are showing up early this year! We have Tarpon crabs, fresh mullet and catfish tails.

Sanibel Pier

Snook are cruising around more every day. We’ve received many reports of Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano, Flounder and Snook right off the pier! Fishing is great. Redfish are appearing around the pier. Come in for a few dozen Shrimp or Pinfish, they are irresistible! Abundant baitfish have also been spotted.  Blacktip sharks have been caught using Spanish mackerel.  Spanish mackerel have also been spotted here as well as other areas. Snook are in and biting on Pinfish as well as cut baits such as frozen Threadfins and Ladyfish and Mullet in the early morning and at dusk. Pompano jigs in assorted colors are hot right now!

Pine Island Sound

Huge Snook are here along with Redfish and Tarpon! Mangrove Snapper, Jacks, and good sized Trout, Whiting and Flounder are being caught. Check out our Photo Gallery!  Lots of Ladyfish are being caught as well.

The Beaches

Lighthouse Beach

Trout, Snook, Ladyfish, Pompano, Whiting, Jack Crevalle along with some Redfish in the surf west of the pier along with Mangrove Snapper and some Reds. Many reports of Tarpon have been coming in as well. Evening has shown good action here for Snook and shark too. We have a full line of tasty baits for Sharks including fresh caught Mullet, Ladyfish, and Stingray

Knapp’s Point

The Tarpon reports are spotty. Pompano, Seatrout  canTrout and Spanish Mackerel seen along the beach as well. Live Shrimp and Pinfish get the Reds going! Jig heads with shad or paddle tails are being crushed by Snook in the early morning and the late evening. Tarpon are here and there, they are biting Pass Crabs, Threadfins and Mullet along with Catfish tails. Snook are also being caught in the first trough (before the first sand bar) using live bait fish and shrimp. Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Seatrout can also be caught fishing near the sand bar. Anglers report better success while wading and casting along the sand bar, as opposed to casting over and retrieving. June is a great month for beach fishing!

West Gulf

Snook and Redfish! Lots of Shark activity much like Bowman’s Beach, and Turner Beach this area has been a staple of large shark fishing for a long time. Many reports of large Snook and Reds hitting cut bait as well as live Pinfish and shrimp. Seatrout, lots of Ladyfish and Whiting caught on live Bait Box shrimp, have come in recently. Mullet, Spanish Mackerel, Threadfins, and chunks of Stingray are what the shark are biting. Bowmans beach is hot with action right now.

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