After consulting his guide log Rourk shares that the second week in June, specifically the 12th, 13th and 14th will offer some good tailing tides in the evenings. "I'll throw Gulp 5-inch flukes with a keel-weighted hook and I'll rig it weedless," said Rourk. "I fish with 15-pound braid and a 20-pound 18-inch flouro leader."
Rourk loves family fishing trips and when he has kids on board he alters the technique a bit. "Depending on the experience of the angler, we can go with 4-inch live menhaden for bait of a finger mullet, to keep youngsters a bit more interested."
For experienced anglers, Rourk takes his 18-foot Hewes Bonefisher into the flooded grass and pulls out the fly rods.
"One guy wades towards the fish but I stay in the boat and on the platform in order to read the water for them," said Rourk. "We use a Fish Dog copperhead fly pattern in three colors; black, white or all copper and I make a weed guard for each fly." Casting a fly to a tailing bass is almost a surreal experience.
Cobia are at the nearshore reefs more and more, king mackerel will be on the beaches looking for menhaden pods and a few tarpon push into the area ahead of their silver king brethren that arrive in July and August.
"When the water temp moves through the 68 to 75-degree range every species will take turns coming to life," said Rourk. And that includes spadefish at the nearshore reefs.