May fishing report Jacksonville area waters
Capt. Bob Cosby
May 10, 2013
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report
May is one of my favorite fishing months here in NE Florida. The transitory fish are arriving, with catches of jack crevalle, ladyfish, spanish mackerel, and mangrove snapper becoming more common daily. Cobia are due to arrive any day now. They could be free swimmers, or escorting the giant manta rays migrating along our coast. I have had a customer catch a tarpon in May, though that was an exception, and I wouldn't really target them until June when the water warms more.
Reds will be more plentiful at the jetties, in the creeks, and along the ICW. There will be big bull reds caught in the deep river and at the inlet. Large speckled trout will be hitting top water lures fished early and late. Many will also be caught on live shrimp fished under floats and on jigs. Flounder should be moving into the river system from their wintering grounds offshore. Sheepshead will still be hanging around the jetties and other structure.
All in all, May is a great month to try the inshore/nearshore fishing here in NE Florida.
Light winds and smooth seas!
CAPT Bob Cosby
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