Man holding large fish
Wildlife and Nature

So what is all the excitement about in June? What does the “new moon” have to do with fishing? Why is Wakulla celebrating such an occurrence? Simple, some of the brightest minds in fishing know it is the best time of the year to explore our coast!

June is the perfect month to get salty. The weather will be at its best. The May winds are gone, and the July heat has not arrived. Expect warm to hot days, but also expect water temperatures to be perfect for a swim. Bring your mask and snorkel and explore the most pristine grass flats on earth. It could be a great time to scout your location for the July opening of scallop season?

What about the fishing? Well, every fish that swims in the gulf will be here in June! All you need to do is pick your target species. From giant silver tarpon, to the shallow water golden redfish, the bay will be alive with hungry fish! If you need a speckled trout fix, Wakulla is the place. How about a short offshore trip for kingfish, cobia, black sea bass, and gag grouper. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and Wakulla is a quiet door into the best fishing in the state. So, if you’re looking to catch the ingredients for your next set of fresh fish tacos, then June is the month!

There are several public boat landings in the county. All have great access to fish, and ample room for parking. Wakulla has no shortage of local tackle shops, marine fuel, fishing guides, marine repair facilities, and full-service marinas. If you are bringing your own boat, our hotels welcome boaters. If you are looking for some local fishing knowledge, just ask.

The “New Moon in June” signifies the beginning of summer fun, and enjoying the gulf coast. The new moon this year is June 24. The week proceeding, and the week following are historically awesome weeks for catching fish. If you are new to the area and bringing a boat, kayak, or just fishing from shore, buy the Top Spots Map Number N231. It is a great reference for getting familiar with the coast and the hottest fishing spots. Most local tackle shops will have a copy. While your there, ask for the local favorite fishing rigs. Better yet hire a guide to get you straight to catching fish!

Consider the “New Moon in June” as your invitation to explore Wakulla County.

It is my office most days, and it is spectacular! Hope to see you on the water.

Capt. Mike McNamara
St Marks Outfitters
850-510-7919 call/text