July surf fishing typically holds trophy catches for those looking for large snook and tarpon. The summertime surf conditions create a perfect scenario for these predatory species to roam the beaches feeding on baitfish. July and August are personally my favorite times of the year to target them with live bait and artificial lures. Included with snook and tarpon, we’ll see great catches of whiting, croakers and pompano. With that being said, the shark fishing will continue to be a great addition to anyone looking at hooking blacktip sharks as well.
The name of the game during the summer months is to get out early or later when the temperatures aren’t scorching hot. These feeding periods will consist of snook and tarpon crashing baitfish in the first and second trough. Live baitfish including mullet and croakers, either freelined or rigged with a split shot, generally see the most success. Another great way of targeting snook or tarpon will be to enact the use of swim baits, bucktails or suspended plugs casting diagonally to the shore with a steady retrieve.