by Capt. Greg Stamper
Well its hard to imagine its already that time off the year, but it is! This is the time of the year, to go after any species an angler may have on their bucket list. Tarpon, permit, sharks, tripletail, cobia, and snappers will be a big target near and offshore all month. Fisherman in the back bays and skinny waters will be targeting snook, redfish, trout, big jacks, and the occasional juvenile tarpon. Calling your guide now to set up a trip is my advice, as most of their good tide days are probably already taken. Clients that are proactive fishing year after year, have already been working on this month’s trip for a year now.
So, what are we going to fish for? Well honestly that’s the hardest question when it comes to the options available now thru May. Sometimes captains must cater to the clients wants, like just having fun, lots of action, or just bringing home some fish for dinner. Other times individuals will leave the days trip up to the charter captain’s best judgement, and that’s when it gets good. Depending on the inshore tides or the offshore winds typically tells me what I’ll be doing. No one likes getting beat up offshore so from time to time you’ll be restricted to the backbays and rivers. This is a good thing though as snook fishing will be excellent the next few months from the Everglades All the way up the coast to Tampa.
Redfish become plentiful throughout the region and can be targeted around oyster bars and sandbars during the low tides. During higher water I’ll be fishing the mangrove shore lines. Redfish will be fattening up on pilchards, shrimp, and crabs so using any of these for bait is going to work well.
Tight lines Capt. Greg Stamper