I’m sure some of you are wondering what happened to the Cobia run or if we are going to see more than 4 awesome days of fishing for Cobia? The fish that came through seemed to be on a mission heading north pretty quickly. There were a few solid days of fishing and then… the Cobia disappeared and nothing. Come to find out they showed up from Playalinda Beach to Ponce Inlet…you should still be on the lookout for Cobia even though it’s now May.
This month also marks the time frame of the Mahi run. There have been decent reports of fins the last few weeks when boats were able to get out. It seems like the better bite is deeper right now but expect to see them start coming in closer soon. Don’t ignore the 90foot areas. How many nice fish have you gotten in 65-75 foot reefs while King-fishing? There are many tactics that can be used on trolling for Mahi. If you get a chance to attend a seminar, it will greatly help you. I always learn new things when I’m giving a seminar as well. I like to use small skirts and either Ballyhoo or strips of Bonita.
We should still see those large Kings hanging around for a little while longer. This is the time of year when 8A and Pelican start to light up. Best bait is large Pogies on stinger rigs. Pogies showed up a few weeks ago and have been close to the surf; look for them from the jetties to the steeple…also, don’t forget to try the basins…don’t pass fish to catch fish. I see many people throwing 6/8 foot big box store cast nets. I’m sure you’ll get a few baits but try to invest in a high quality cast net…a heavy sinking net with a long leash. It’s the difference in catching and fishing sometimes.
This month will also be good for Tarpon. They began to show up a little bit ago and should only get better. Bait of choice again is a live Pogie on 8/0 circle hook
Good luck and see ya out there!
Capt. Chris Cameron