May Fishing Report - Pensacola, FL
Capt. Chris Williams
May 4, 2014
Pensacola - Saltwater Fishing Report
Well, May is upon us. Lord have mercy how this year has flown by. Its vacation time, graduation, our just plain out of school for the summer for most of us. Finally...right? I know the feeling well. Since we are on the subject of vacations, how about I give you a fishing report for the month of May?
Inshore Fishing Report:
May is typically the month of great offshore fishing and even better flats fishing. Sadly, we have had some really poor weather lately and our bay is in disarray. So flats fishing is not what it should be now. We have a tremendous amount of freshwater in the bay and on the flats which really hurts the inshore fishing. So, inshore/bay fishing wont be happening until this water clears up and the fish move back up to the flats. We will be on the water daily keeping up with the water conditions in the bay and as soon as the fishing turns on we will let everyone know.
Offshore Fishing Report:
This brings me to the offshore bite. Surprisingly after all of this rain the offshore waters are still beautiful and crystal clear. The bottom fishing bite is on fire now. We have been consistently catching giant Red Snapper and Gag Grouper on practically anything that you drop down. Unfortunately, these are out of season but still incredibly fun to catch. On a side note, Red Snapper for us opens up May 24th of this year so get your trips booked while they last. Last week we had some big Grouper break off our #80 tackle so I'm on a personal quest to find out just what that was, hopefully we pull that big guy up next time you and I go fishing. There have been some huge sharks showing up as well.
As for in-season offshore fish, there are plenty of Amberjack still out there as well as Mingo, Lane and Black Snapper. All of these make excellent table fair and a blast to catch. The Cobia bite is slowing down but there are still a few stragglers left to catch. We only have weekend trips available on our Topaz so please make sure you book your Cobia trip before they are all full and the fish are gone. There is a good Yellowfin Tuna bite going on now as well as a few bill fish showing up, make sure you capitalize on that while you can.
Hope to see everyone soon. If the weather holds up, we will have a wonderful year of fishing ahead of us. And for those of you who don't know, we have a new boat. We sold last years boat and upgraded to a 24 foot Blue Wave Pure Bay with a Yamaha 300 HP motor. You have to come fish out of this beautiful boat. It will flat-out spoil you on the water.
Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia
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