With the weather warming up in May, you’ll want to get out early for some exciting topwater action. Fish the flats and creek mouths for redfish, trout and occasional snook. Look for big jacks feeding at the top of the water around sea walls and rocks on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and in the Palm Coast canals. Check the creek mouth and creek holes for flounder. Try a live mullet or live mud minnow on a ¼ oz jig head. Artificial anglers try gulp shrimp or your favorite paddle tail.
Surf & Pier
The tarpon, king fish and occasional cobia will start showing up this month and sometimes come close enough that the surf and pier anglers have a chance at them. A good time for this is when the bait pods are close to the beach. Try floating a live mullet or porgie with a balloon for these hard fighting fish. Whiting, flounder and occasional black drum are still being caught, fish the trough with shrimp, sand fleas or fiddler crabs.
King fish, cobia and tarpon will be close to the beaches and on the inshore wrecks. Troll your favorite lures or a live porgie. If you find the big rays there might be some cobia with them, try big swim baits or any live bait you have. Deep water anglers can troll rigged ballyhoo or your favorite lures for dolphin, wahoo or sailfish.