May Fishing Forecast
Captain Jim Britton
It seems that our spring is finally here in full effect! The forecast will be much the same as April, plus more. By “more” I mean we should all be catching more fish, plus expecting more species. On the beach, anglers can expect more blue fish, more pompano, and more Spanish mackerel, as well as the usual whiting and occasional redfish and black drum.
From the piers, the bite will be much the same. However, as the month progresses be on the lookout for a shot at a kingfish and tarpon. Inshore Anglers it is time to dust off your favorite topwater plug. Hit your favorite flat, early in the morning, for some exciting redfishing or target creek mouths and drop–offs for speckled sea trout. After chasing the topwater bite, anglers can target flounder as the day warms up. For the flatties, target deep holes with moving water using a ¼ ounce jighead and a small mullet or mud minnow. Offshore Anglers should not have to travel far for some exciting battles. Kingfish and cobia will be found on the beach and on the wrecks and reefs (make sure to have some pitch baits ready on some spinning gear). While fishing these waters, be on the lookout for sailfish as they too move in with the warmer water. Deep water anglers will be greeted by more dolphin. Recent reports have most bites coming on ballyhoo rigs. Small pink and white skirted baits are working also. An occasional wahoo or blackfin tuna may still find its way into the spread also.
Good luck on the water and remember –fishing is fun, have a blast!
Tight Lines, Capt. Jim