Capt. Glyn Austin
The winds have been brutal this spring and we are looking to May to bring us some relief! Light winds will bring the bait nearshore and inshore and get the fish fired up. In between the winds the bit has been decent but the constant wind and pressure changes have made us really have to work to get decent fish this year. The Snook bite this spring has been tough but the jetty fishermen have been doing very well. Snook season closes at the end of May so the focus will be everyone getting their fix of keeper Snook. Live bait is best daytime and artificials work well early morning and early evening. The larger bluefish have been hit or miss this year but there have been some schools around.
Inshore bite has been good and should get better as we get more consistent weather and more bait in the lagoon. We should have plenty of pilchards and some mullet in the lagoon and the snook, trout and reds will be feeding well on the pilchards in the mangroves and around the deeper docks in the lagoon.
May is also a good month for big jacks on the beach and they will eat topwaters better than anything. If you can find bait schools there are usually big jacks around feeding on them. Also look around the bait pods for shools of Tarpon. Mixed in with the tarpon can be permit this time of the year. Live shrimp, crabs or artificial shrimp can all work on the permit while the tarpon prefer greenies during the summer.
The creeks from Melbourne to Sebastian should be loaded with bait along with good numbers of tarpon, snook and some jacks. Fish the docks and deeper shorelines for the Snook. Some guys like to slow troll live greenies along the shoreline for the big snook back up in the Sebastian River.
Artificial and fly angler should focus on early morning for the Tarpon and snook but the jacks will feed most of the day.
Capt. Glyn Austin
Capt. Glyn Austin is a lifelong Brevard County Resident and full time inshore/nearshore fishing guide. Glyn runs a 23’ Shoalwater tunnel boat which is comfortable for up to 4 anglers and will let us get shallower than most flats boats for inshore fishing and offers a smooth dry ride when fishing the Inlet and nearshore waters of Brevard County.