May is one of my favorite fishing months here in NE Florida. Most of the transitory fish that prefer warmer water have arrived with the exception of tarpon and king mackerel, which could show up later this month. The sharks show up behind shrimp boats. Cobia are being caught along the beaches in proximity to bait pods and migrating manta rays. Bull reds and sharks are also shadowing the bait pods, and have even moved up the river. Ten to fifteen pound reds are available along the big jetties.
Speckled trout are hitting top water plugs in low light conditions. Ladyfish, jacks, and bluefish seem to be everywhere inshore. Reds can be found along the edges of the ICW and in its feeder creeks. Flounder fishing has improved and will continue to get better as the larger offshore fish migrate inshore for the summer. The fishing for the huge black drum has slowed down, but smaller drum are still occasional catches and are excellent eating.
Surf fishing is productive with good catches of whiting, blues, drum, and pompano being made. Clear water is important when you are surf fishing. Muddy water usually results in more catfish and stingrays.