Rough weather and high seas this past week kept us off the ocean. Once the seas subside, Captain Justin and I will be taking our clients out to chase schooling king mackerel on the 70 to 90-foot reefs. A variety of artificial lures will work for these fish but we will look for live baits to increase our odds at a successful day out there. If bait fish are present in the nearshore waters, we will be targeting kings in the 20 to 40-foot depths. May is also a great time to catch giant jacks, big tarpon, shark, and bonito in our nearshore waters.

The basins and jetties at the Port should hold redfish, snook, flounder, jack, mangroves snapper, and other hard fighting species. Live fingerling mullet, shrimp, mud minnows, croakers, and pilchards or pogies are all bait types that are effective on these various game species.

spotted seatrout

In the rivers and lagoon big trout, snook, and redfish are possible near docks, rocky areas and mangrove covered shorelines. We usually target these fish with a variety of lures like soft plastics, topwater plugs, and live shrimp or fingerling mullet are top choices as well