This will be quite a redundant point over the next few posts, but I absolutely love fishing during the months of July, August, and September. The first thing everyone asks me is, “isn’t it just so hot during that time of the year?” Well, I have to admit that it can be hot; but the fishing can be as good as we will see it all year.
One big change we see in July is the permit return to the flats after they have been spawning on the offshore wrecks for the past 2-3 months. Sight-fishing for permit on the flats is a blast. Most of the time you will find these fish mudding just like a bonefish would. Although I prefer to target permit in 2-4 feet of water, permit will get in super shallow water and tail like a bonefish.
July is also a great time of the year to head back into Everglades National Park and target redfish and snook. In July, there are massive schools of tailing redfish all over the grass flats. For inexperienced fly anglers looking for target practice, or experienced anglers looking to have some fun, the July red-fishery is phenomenal. Most of the fish are found tailing in super shallow water. The average size is 5-7lbs, although we are seeing more and more redfish in the 10lb. range.