The hottest bite is on the beachfronts! Water temperatures have quickly risen into the mid 80’s with that there all sorts of toothy fish working the sandbars! Everyday there few more reports of seatrout being caught. Most of seatrout action is towards beachfronts as well. This a summer pattern. The flounder bite likewise is picking up. Keeper size redfish can be found hanging close to structure. Action along can be fast and furious! Those wanting to get their line stretched fishing a cut or live bait along sandbars or sloughs will likely find plenty of action.
When catching sharks there some that simply should not be handled. Namely, large sandbar and black tips fall into this category. For safety sake take a picture and let him swim off to fight another day. Each fisherman has his strategy for disengaging from a large fish predator fish. A de hooking device spare the fish swimming around with a lot of terminal tackle in its mouth. On the other hand for some cutting your line could be best.
Shrimp are becoming more plentiful in the creeks and rivers with that more redfish and seatrout will be appearing. When the flats get super heated with temperature pushing close to 90 degree look for reds around dock pilings and other deeper water structure. Whiting are still numerous but with lots of predator fish around anticipate the whiting bite to slacken. Look for seatrout on the beachfronts. Still a little early for flounder but it is possible to catch some nice ones!
May was a good month for inshore and offshore cobia. The best fishing has been by those venturing to wrecks offshore past the short shots wrecks. The bite in Broad River has been pretty good with some anglers catching several. As water heat the shark bite will take over.
Earl from Adams Bait House said he hope this will be the last Florida shrimp they have to stock. Adams is finding some shrimp. Cast netters can with little effort pick a quart or two of perfectly adequate brown shrimp for fishing. There are lots of river menhaden as well mullet around. Both of these are excellent bait for big and medium sized fish! Mullet and menhaden can be fished live or dead. The trick is to present a quality bait no matter what bait you are fishing.
Tides for the coming week look pretty good! For best action fish the beach!
Fish On! Capt. Jack McGowan