Springtime fishing in South Florida is what it’s all about. The month of May brings beautiful weather, an abundance of bait and non stop, light tackle action from Hillsboro Inlet to Government Cut.. Personally, I look forward to springtime fishing every year because both daytime and nighttime fishing can be incredible, making it a great time to be on the water for beginners and novice anglers alike. Big tarpon and snook will be plentiful in the inlets and look for good numbers of seatrout and snapper on the grass flats. You may even get the occasional shot at big permit under the bridges.
If you’re planning on getting out this month, your best bet is to load your live well with a variety of live bait such as mullet, pilchards, crabs and shrimp. Early mornings and evenings, go fish the grass flats of Biscayne Bay with live shrimp and pilchards on a 1/4 ounce hookup lures jig head. You should have non stop action on big seatrout up to 4 pounds and be able to get your daily bag limit of mangrove snapper. Once the sun starts setting over beautiful downtown Miami, switch gears and start fishing live mullet and crabs in Government Cut. You will get multiple shots on trophy size tarpon and snook. I like to free line and drift the mullet and crabs along the edges of the jetty for tarpon. When targeting snook, I fish live mullet or big pilchards on a heavier 3/8 to 1 ounce jig head and bounce the bottom. Springtime offers spectacular fishing in South Florida! I hope everyone gets out and enjoys their time on the water.
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