Where to Fish in June | Salt Water Sportsman

Where to Fish in June

Find the best spots to find your favorite species as summer kicks into form throughout North America, the Caribbean, Mexico and more

The Salt Water Sportsman editors list the best two locations to go in June for your favorite saltwater species, plus notes for each location about why the bite there is hot.

Pacific Blue Marlin

Pacific blue marlin

Pacific blue marlin

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Australia
Second choice: Ecuador

The amazing run of blue marlin discovered a few years ago off Gold Coast, Australia, continues this month. The fish there patrol the 100-fathom edge on the continental shelf, feasting on massive aggregations of baitfish. Ecuador’s Marlin Boulevard, the band that runs through Salinas, Isla de la Plata and Manta, is a reliable alternative for blues.

Atlantic Blue Marlin

Atlantic blue marlin

Atlantic blue marlin

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Dominican Republic
Second choice: Canary Islands

In Dominican waters and nearby Mona Passage, blues run smaller than off the Virgin Islands, but they are more plentiful this month, offering excellent chances for multiple hookups. June marks the beginning of peak blue marlin season in the Canary Islands, where 300- to 500-pounders are commonplace, especially in the deep waters around La Gomera.

Black Marlin

black marlin

Black marlin

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Australia
Second choice: Ecuador

Juvenile blacks are still present along the shallow reefs off Gold Coast, Australia, and with less than three months to go before the action peaks along the Great Barrier Reef, large adults are steadily increasing in number. In Ecuador, superb black marlin fishing continues 20 to 30 miles offshore, along the stretch between Salinas and Manta.

White Marlin

White marlin

White marlin

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Dominican Republic
Second choice: North Carolina

A 30-minute run off Punta Cana puts you in prime white marlin territory, and June repeatedly yields high release counts to visiting anglers. Boats out of Hatteras and Oregon Inlet enjoy an influx of white marlin this month, as waves of 35- to 60-pounders converge some 40 miles off the coast where the Gulf Stream and Labrador currents merge.

Atlantic Sailfish

Atlantic sailfish

Atlantic sailfish

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: North Carolina
Second choice: Florida

Sails begin their annual showing in North Carolina. Early action heats up between Wrightsville Beach and Morehead City, 20 to 30 miles out, where the spindlebeaks find plenty of forage before moving closer to the Outer Banks. Expect a decent bite along Florida’s east coast, where anglers now fish baits 30 to 50 feet down to catch sails through the summer.

Pacific Sailfish

Pacific sailfish

Pacific sailfish

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Guatemala
Second choice: Costa Rica

Guatemala’s fabled sailfishing begins to slow some, but the region’s fertile waters won’t take a back seat to any other sailfish destination this month. In Costa Rica, sailfish catches off the northern ports of Tamarindo and Flamingo continue to improve, and most days the weather in this arid part of the country keeps visiting anglers dry and comfy.

Striped Marlin

striped marlin

Striped marlin

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Mexico
Second choice: Ecuador

Sport-fishing fleets throughout the Baja ­Peninsula find an increasing number of striped marlin finning on the surface this time of year. Getting ahead of the fish and casting or dropping back live caballitos usually gets the desired results. In Ecuador, the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands and Isla de la Plata are solid bets in June.

Wahoo

Wahoo

Wahoo

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Hawaii
Second choice: Bermuda

Ono, as wahoo are known in Hawaii, congregate in great numbers along ledges relatively close to the island chain this month. Off the Kohala Coast, along the big island, the “40-fathom” ledge, where many wahoo are caught, is just a few hundred feet from shore. The bite slows some in Bermuda around Argus and Challenger banks, but there are still plenty of fish.

Yellowfin Tuna

yellowfin tuna

Yellowfin tuna

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Hawaii
Second choice: North Carolina

Yellowfin action remains red hot in Hawaiian waters. The fishing is likely to be most consistent off Kona and Oahu’s North Shore, especially for crews using live bait. The largest yellowfins of the year come close to North Carolina’s Outer Banks this month, and with local game boats focusing on billfish, most of the tuna remain undisturbed.

Bluefin Tuna

bluefin tuna

Bluefin tuna

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Massachusetts
Second choice: California

Medium to giant bluefins finally show up in Massachusetts waters in considerable numbers. Expect old, reliable spots like Cape Cod Bay, the sand shoals east of Chatham, Jeffreys Ledge, and Tillies and Stellwagen banks to heat up. Pacific bluefins come within range of boats out of San Diego and Newport Beach. Fish “the 43” and Cortes banks, or off Dana Point.

Bonefish

bonefish

Bonefish

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Bahamas
Second choice: Belize

Throughout the Bahamas, temperatures remain mild enough in June to keep scores of bones on the flats all day. And with trade winds diminishing, chances of finding tailers in open areas greatly increase. In Belize, schools of bones are active across the region. Expect to find mudding fish on deeper inside flats and more tailers on oceanside shallows.

Snook

snook

Snook

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Florida
Second choice: Mexico

Florida snook increasingly congregate in passes, inlets and adjacent channels and troughs, making it easier to pinpoint their location with sonar and present live bait or artificials to willing targets. Some fish also stage along the beaches and outer mangrove shorelines, enabling sight-fishing. The Yucatan’s mangrove lagoon systems continue to produce this month.

Tarpon

Tarpon

Tarpon

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Florida
Second choice: Belize

Silver king migrations along both Florida coasts got underway early this year, so June could be the last month of consistent action, especially in the southern half of the state. In Belize, tarpon fishing is excellent this time of year. Unlike Florida, you won’t find huge schools on the move down there, but the fish are often more receptive to lures and flies.

Permit

Permit

Permit

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Belize
Second choice: Florida

In Belize, permit action comes down a notch, but it’s still good enough to maintain the small Central American nation as a top permit destination. In South Florida, the scores of permit spawning on the wrecks last month have returned to the shallows. Look for fish foraging over patchy or hard-bottom flats, close to deeper water, especially during the stronger tides.

Red Drum

red drum

Red Drum

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Louisiana
Second choice: Florida

Reds spread out throughout the Louisiana marshes and backcountry bays (known locally as lakes). Cane shorelines with schooling baitfish are prime spots, and so are the bayous that lead in and out of the bays, during low water. In Florida, June is a great month to sight-fish reds on the flats. Fish shallow early, then try potholes, oyster bars and shoreline troughs.

Striped Bass

striped bass

Striped bass

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: New Jersey
Second choice: New York

Warming waters and schooling baitfish continue to draw stripers to major bays, inlets and beaches along the New Jersey and New York coasts. The prospect of gorging on bunker brings trophy fish to the party, but some still target lady crabs in Long Island Sound this month. Polarized sunglasses and binoculars are all it takes to find fish on the prowl.

Swordfish

swordfish

Swordfish

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Florida
Second choice: New Zealand

The average broadbill caught in South Florida at night weighs 50 pounds less than its daytime counterpart, but cooler temps and lighter breezes convince many anglers to fish from late afternoon to well after sunset. New Zealand waters continue to yield big swords. A 795-pounder caught north of the Bay Islands recently was submitted to the IGFA for record consideration.

King Mackerel

king mackerel

King mackerel

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Louisiana
Second choice: Georgia

The kings ravaging baitfish off the Florida Gulf coast earlier in spring have moved west to Louisiana waters. Trolling or drifting baits around oil and gas platforms in 250 feet or less of water pays off, and so does fishing around shrimp boats anchored in similar depths. On the Atlantic side, hungry smokers push up from northern Florida into Georgia waters.

Bluefish

Bluefish

Bluefish

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: New York
Second choice: New Jersey

As summer approaches, more and more bluefish make their way up to the Northeast in search of schooling baitfish. The abundance of prey keeps many foraging along New York and New Jersey beaches, but some venture into various bays, looking for easy pickings. Spinning or baitcasting gear and flashy lures that you can cast long distances are ideal for the task.

Dolphin

mahimahi

Dolphin

Illustration by Keilani Rodriguez

First choice: Florida
Second choice: North Carolina

Packs of grasshoppers and slammer dolphin ride the Gulf Stream from South Florida to North Carolina this month. Anglers trolling around floating debris catch their share, but those running and gunning often land the larger bulls and cows. Bird activity helps pinpoint feeding dolphin, but dropping live baits 50 feet below weed lines is often the ticket for the real trophies.

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