For July fishing success, avoid the sun


This is the dead stretch of summer. Success in fishing has everything to do with the “when.” A month ago it was at sunrise. With water temperatures at 90, you should think about being out on the water several hours before sunrise. Of late, the fishing has died with the rise of the sun. The coolest the water will be is between 4 and 6 a.m. Sunset is another option. My 6-to-10 rule for summer is: 6 to 10 in the morning or 6 to 10 at night. Nighttime fishing is great in July. We have months of summer left. Consider getting out when there is no sunlight. I would choose based on when the tide is best. Sometimes that is pre-dawn. Sometimes it is at sunset. You sacrifice vision fishing in lowlight conditions. Headlamps are a great option to help with various tasks. The beauty of night fishing is that usually you have it all to yourself. The danger is that others have more difficulty seeing you. Stay out of high traffic areas. Use good lights in busier areas. Off the beaten path, you won’t be in danger of getting run over. Go early, go late. Go any other time: It probably won’t be good.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at and (727) 692-6345.

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Neil Taylor
Full time kayak fishing guide, Neil was an advocate for conservation since before the time he started guiding. Outdoor writer, speaker and radio show host, Neil connected closely with Captain Mel Berman and did many positives with Mel to promote ethical angling. After Mel passed away, Neil managed and eventually became that web site’s owner.