May’s best bets is going Pensacola Bay Fishing. The bait has shown up in force around all the passes. King Mackerel and Spanish are there as well. Use fresh lively Cigar minnow’s for the King’s and flashy spoons for the Spanish mackerel. If you’re in search of big fish then go for Amberjack. Hit the nearshore reefs with some big live baits and catch ya some reef donkeys. Then head back in and cruise the beach looking for schools of Crevalle Jacks. I only use big top water chugging plugs for the Crevalle Jacks. Talking about a top water explosion – WOW!!! Remember to keep a close eye out around the boat for Cobia while you’re in the Gulf. I always keep a rod rigged and ready for the flatheads.
Here it is May already, if you’re not out there fishing or at least trying to make plans to get out there, then you sure are missing out on some of the best fishing that the early summer has to offer!!
Pensacola Bay Fishing – Speckled Trout, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Crevalle Jacks
After fishing most every day in April, I can tell you for sure Speckled Trout are on the move. I’ve been relying on Santa Rosa Sound to deal her hand at paying the bills for the month of April. The inshore fishing is off to a real good start serving up several nice Speckled Trout over 20 inches. Remember to practice catch and release on the trout over 20 inches – Please. The slot sized Red Fish are doing good also on the flats in Choctawhatchee and Pensacola bay system. I spoke with Capt. Pat Dineen last week and the redfish to the east (Destin) have been very consistence in the middle of the day around docks and on the flats. The Speckled Trout are hitting artificial baits good at first light. Redfish were caught on live shrimp. So what does that tell you, GET SOME LIVE SHRIMP!
Man what a mixed bag of fish, and they are all fun to catch on light tackle. I get the biggest thrill out of taking first timers Pensacola Bay Fishing, the excitement of a youngster with his first redfish on is why I love doing what I do. I still have a few days left in May but I have no days left in June. I’m looking forward to a great summer of fishing and getting to see my guests having a fishing experience that last a life time!
A man never stands as tall as when he helps teach a child how to fish……… thank you Dad!
Thanks for reading my fishing forecast for the Panhandle!