May, 2017

The month of May is one of my favorite months to fish in NE Florida. The weather is improving and the striking fish continue to move into our area. Water temperatures are up to 75-76 degrees. Tarpon have been sighted in pogey pods, king mackerel have been caught on our reefs, and giant jacks are in the area. May is the best month for dolphin. These beautiful fish normally inhabit the deeper water far offshore, but sometimes wander in closer to our coast following a weed line or floating debris. We caught one recently about 10 miles out, which is considered close for a dolphin. The black tip and spinner sharks should be behind the shrimp boats now, and can always provide excitement for visiting anglers.

The inlet, river, and ICW will continue to produce reds, drum, sheepshead, trout, ladyfish, jacks, and spanish mackerel. Some large bluefish in the 10 lb class have been caught near the jetties recently. They can provide exciting sight fishing with top water lures if you happen upon a school. Usually, I fish more in the ocean within a couple of miles of the coast as the weather warms because the creeks get very hot causing the target fish to either leave or get lethargic. The creeks act as solar collectors with their dark bottoms and shallow water.

Good fishing!

Capt Bob Cosby