As we approach and move through May, anglers will enjoy fantastic fishing both inshore and offshore throughout the entire region. We had nasty weather last weekend and the last of the cold fronts should be done for this spring. The Gulf waters will warm with the weather, and I expect a variety of species on the move and actively feeding.
The redfish bite is good right now. They can be found in schools of 6-20 fish that can be found with mullet near structure like oyster bars and rocks. Be ready to target a variety of spots until you locate them and be ready for the occasional snook to join in the fun. Free line a live pin fish or a frisky green back near your target area and allow the reds to find the bait.
The trout are holding in 3-6 feet of water over grassy bottom and near the many marked rock piles that litter our area. These same locations have also been producing some pompano on a strong moving tide. Both the trout and pompano will strike a small MirrOdines by MirrOlure, but the XL MirrOdines seem to catch bigger trout and snook. Allow the jig to fall in the water column and then quickly “jerk” the lure up allowing it to free fall again. Most strikes will happen as your lure is falling so be ready to set the hook.
Another week has passed and Tarpon season should be in full swing by mid May. Get your fly rods and heavy spinning tackle ready for the arrival of the silver king. I have not seen a lot of fish yet, but they are on their way!
Good luck out there and tight lines!
Capt. Keith Tomlinson runs Bulldog Fishin Charters out of Hernando Beach. Contact him at www.bulldogfishin.com or (352)238-3581.