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May Fishing Report
Story/Photos By Capt. Chris Cameron
We had a great month of May so far and the fish really started to turn on. The bunkers have finally been consistent as we were getting them from the bight all the way to the pier. Just look where the fleet is in the morning and you cant miss them. I see someone every day trying to throw the Wal-Mart 6 footer. Do yourself a favor and invest in that right net.
From the beach to local reefs, Tarpon, jack crevale, bonita, spanish mackeral and kingfish have been from the beach 20 feet to about 40 feet. We have been having a lot of fun on light tackle with all these power hitting fish. Use live pogies hooked through the nostrils on 50lb fluorocarbon leader with an 8/0 circle hook. If you start getting cut off a lot then time to put the wired stinger rigs on for those toothy kings. Keep a jig ready for the cobia for when you see or mark the bait out there; as this is the time of year they start to show up on the bait pods just off the beach.
The near shore reefs such as Pelican Flats and 8A have been great for the early morning king bite. Use your stinger rigs and live pogies for the best catch. In the last few weeks there has been wahoo, black fin tuna, mahi and a handful of cobia all caught on king rigs in the same area.
From the reefs to offshore has been good as well. There was a solid few days of great catches of mahi and we should still see a few weeks of it. Many fish have been caught from 140-180 feet and some days past 500 feet, It’s just a day to day thing and up to the winds and weather as usual. The basic ballyhoo rigs and skirts have been the key.
Bottom fishing has also been decent. Pinfish and croakers are a great bait for them. Fish the offshore reefs such as 21 and 27 and if you have any of the wrecks that’s a good start too. Don’t forget about the amber jacks. They’ve been great and should continue as well.
Good luck and have a great June from your premier fishing guide charters of Cocoa Beach Port Canaveral Orlando Florida area.
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