Port Canaveral Offshore Fishing Report: May 2014

I ’m sure some of you are wondering where the cobia run went or if we are going to see more than 4 awesome days of fishing for cobia? The fish that came through were on a mission north pretty quick. There was a few solid days of fishing then they disappeared and nothing. Come to find out they showed up from Playalinda to Ponce in just a few days. Still be on the lookout for cobia even though it’s now May.


This month also marks the time frame of the mahi run. There have been decent reports of fins the last few weeks when boats were able to get out. It seems like the better bite is deeper right now but expect to see them start coming in closer soon. Don’t ignore the 90ft areas. How many nice fish have you gotten in 65-75 foot reefs while kingfishing? There are many tactics that can be used on trolling for mahi. If you get a chance to attend a seminar, it will greatly help you. I always learn new things when I’m giving a seminar as well. I like to use small skirts and either ballyhoo or strips of bonita.


We should still see those large kings hanging around for a little while. This is the time of year when 8A and pelican start to light up. Best bait is large pogies on stinger rigs. Pogies showed up a few weeks ago and have been close to the surf; look from the jetties to the steeple. Also don’t forget to try the basins. Don’t pass the fish to catch them, especially when its 5.10 a gallon right now. I see many people throwing 6/8 foot Wal-Mart cast nets. I’m sure you’ll get a few baits but try to invest in a real net. A heavy sinking net with a long leash. It’s the difference in catching and fishing sometimes.

This month will also be good for tarpon. They showed up a little bit ago but should only get better. Bait of choice again is a live pogie on 8/0 circle hook

Good luck and see ya out there!