Spring is finally here, and we are now seeing an abundant array of fishing opportunities in the 10,000 Islands. The mild and dry weather this month in combination with lighter winds makes it the ideal month for fishing our local waters.
The water is beginning to warm up to a steady eighty degrees, which easily attracts the fish that are on their annual migration from backcountry waters. They are steadily, but surely, making their way to the Gulf flats and the island areas.
If you are interested in offshore fishing, make sure to watch for permit because they will be feeding on small live or artificial crabs and jigs. Cobia are also available, and you can successfully catch them with live finger mullet, pinfish, pilchards, or even large shrimp.
Redfish can commonly be found near the oyster bars during high tide. They are more prone to go after live bait options like pilchards, thread herring, shrimp, and fiddler crabs.
Snook are beginning to make their way over from the backcountry waters and into the Gulf. When fishing for snook, use a little beefier tackle and remember, the season to catch and keep these fish closes on May 1st until September. Beginning, May 1st, Snook are catch and release only so make sure to allow ample time to ensure the snook are revived before releasing them back into the water.
Mangrove snapper are a Gulf of Mexico native and can be found in a plethora of different habitats including saltwater, brackish, and even some freshwater locations. They are common fish found in warmer regions, and live shrimp on a hook is one of the best ways to attract and catch them around docks, seawalls, and mangrove shorelines.
Speckled trout are another variety of fish you can find during the very mild month of May. To find these fish, check grassy areas that are at least three to five feet in depth and use bucktail jigs tipped with shrimp.
May is a great month for fishing and allows for a small reprieve before we see the beginning of the summer storms that are about to hit. Take advantage of the abundant fishing opportunities now!
If you have questions or are interested in booking a chartered fishing tour in the 10,000 Islands area, be sure to contact me at CaptainRapps@Outlook.com or call Lisa at our office at 239-571-1756. Our team of captains love everything that the South Florida waters have to offer and truly enjoy sharing our passion with others. We look forward from seeing you out on the water this April!
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