Fishing Report May 2012
By Captain Hector
The month of April had crazy weather conditions and sloppy
seas, just perfect for Sail fishing. Spanish and Cero Mackerels are still offering great action around the markers. Using
smaller live pilchards are the baits of choice. I like to use a 2/0 long shank hook, tied to a 15 foot fluorocarbon
leader. Be sure to have a good supply of hooks; with their razor sharp teeth, there will be a lot of cut offs. The bonitos
right now are everywhere and they offer a lot of fun. As the winds die down and conditions get better, the month of May starts
to promote calmer seas. This encourages anglers to anchor up over productive wrecks and reefs to target snappers, groupers,
or the various jack family. Also, get ready....dolphin, dolphin, dolphin!!! This is the time we'll start seeing them in great
numbers. Even though there have been reports of them out there; the peanuts and schoolies will be everywhere, almost to the
point where they become a nuisance. But, they sure are a lot fun to catch and release. The best news for
this month is that as of May 1st, grouper season is no longer closed and we are able to bring some home for dinner. As warmer
days begin to heat up our waters, we will start seeing a great number of yellowtail snappers. I like to use silversides or
glass minnows on a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig head with a constant flow of chum to get them to come up close to the boat.
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