April has come and gone so now it's time for the seas to give us a break for the summer. I've really been looking forward to the waters becoming a lot calmer now but unfortunately it seems mother nature is doing the opposite right now. May has started off pretty good this past week but the forecast for the upcoming weeks isn't looking to good, wind and wave wise. We've been catching a bunch of under slot snook around 25 inches on small threadfins and pilchards. There have been some decent cubera snapper, and lots of jacks in the inlet, and of course those big monster Goliath grouper. If it's calm enough we've been heading out to some of the closer reefs for the first part of the day, catching our limit on lane snapper and having fun pulling in big bonita until the winds start to pick up. There have also been some nice kingfish caught around the reefs while slow trolling live threadfins. Decent size tarpon have also been rolling around inshore as well so looking forward to start jumping some silver kings here soon and giving the snook a little rest. Grouper season opened up May 1st which made for one crazy busy weekend on the water. I've mostly been booked up doing inshore trips lately from the discount I put out on Facebook for the local Sebastian Inlet fishermen, because of the Covid 19 shutdown of the park, so haven't had much offshore time other than fishing the closer reefs. The shallower reefs have been holding numerous amounts of keeper lane snapper so we've still been able to fill the cooler with some groceries on the nearshore trips. I've had word that mahi are starting to show up so hopefully they'll be in full swing by the middle of the month. I'm really excited to start trolling for them again. I tell people all the time, trolling can be the most boring thing in the world, but when they hit, all hell breaks loose. Now that we're starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel from this shutdown, hopefully things will get back to normal. Unfortunately I am already completely booked up for May but we do have many days still available in June and July.
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