May is here, and the water temperature is warming up which makes the conditions outstanding for fishing. Tarpon are running all through the creeks and rivers from Sebastian, south to Fort Pierce. The bite has been red hot from the early morning into late afternoon. Most of the tarpon have been caught by slow-trolling live mullet or pitching live pinfish under a popping cork. The trout bite has been really good in the Sebastian and Vero Beach flats for the last week and a half. The majority of trout have been larger ranging between 5 to 8lbs. We are catching them on live and cut mullet during incoming tide on the flats from early to late morning.
If redfish are your fish of choice, we have had a pretty consistent bite on both the east and west banks in Vero Beach, FL. We have been catching most of the redfish on live shrimp and finger mullet, and on artificial soft plastics baits. Many of the redfish caught have been in the legal slot so if you are looking to end the day with a fish dinner your chances are good
Snook fishing the morning hours on the flats in Sebastian and Vero Beach during May has always been the best month to snook fish these areas. I like to start my guests out with top water lures early, then as the water temperatures rise we will switch to live shrimp, mullet, or pilchards. The inlets in Sebastian and Fort Pierce are very good this month. Most of the fish caught are during outgoing tide while drifting live mullet or large handpicked shrimp on a troll right hook. Keep in mind snook are in season and are one of the best tasting fish you can eat. So, if you get a keeper part of the service I offer is to fillet your catch.
This includes the May fishing report posted May 31, 2016 by Capt. Donald Andrezze