Sunday, October 17, 2021

Fishing Forecast for May

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A happy fisherman on a Captain Rapp’s Charter. For more photos turn to Community Scene. | Photo by Brandon Acosta

With spring finally here in Florida, we are going to be seeing a lot of great fishing opportunities making their way into the 10,000 Islands. The weather is very mild and dry during May, and the lighter winds make for a great fishing environment for any angler looking to fish local waters.

The warmer weather brings the water temperature to a nice eighty degrees which are useful for attracting the fish as they make their annual migration from the backcountry waters. They are on their way to the Gulf flats and the island areas for the spring.

Offshore fishing promises permit and cobia. Finger mullet, pinfish, pilchards, and large shrimp are great bait choices for these fish. If you are looking for redfish, you can typically find them near the oyster bars, and high tide offers you the best chance for a great catch.

Speckled trout are also in abundance in May and are often hanging out in the grassy areas in water that is between three to five feet in depth. Bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp are definitely a favorite for these fish.

Redfish can be found near oyster bars during high tide, and love live bait including pilchards, thread herring, shrimp, and crabs. GULP shrimp on a weighted jig head or gold spoon is also recommended if you choose to target these fish.

Mangrove snappers are native to the Gulf of Mexico and can be found in a variety of different water conditions including salty and brackish water. Pilchards and crustaceans are the best bait for these along with live shrimp. The best fishing spots for mangrove snapper is going to be around the docks and sea walls as well as around the deeper mangrove shorelines.

Snook are also popular, as usual, and can be found in coastal water near the mangrove shoreline as well. Snook harvest is closed until September 1, 2019. They are strictly caught and release until this time.

May marks spring and is the calm before the storm, so to speak. It is right before the summer storms begin to hit. Because of the storms, you may find yourself having to travel further distances to find a bit more success, so you should be taking advantage of the good fishing opportunities you can find in the 10,000 Islands region during May.

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Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at or 239-571-1756.


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