May Offers a Smorgasbord of Fishing Opportunities
April 20th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Pier and surf fishing can be productive, but are often overlooked.
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Bass, bass and more bass.
For some anglers, it’s the only species worthy of their time.

No doubt bass are superb game fish, but for many anglers, fishing for the same fish year-round would be like eating your favorite food at every meal. No matter how much you loved it, after a while your favorite is bound to lose its allure.

That’s why change is sometimes a good thing.

There is almost no better time than May to change it up. The month offers excellent fishing for scores of species in areas across the state.

This is the height of the season for channel catfish, especially in the Panhandle. Seatrout are hot along the south-central Atlantic Coast, and the Keys is the place for yellowtail snapper.

Also in the Keys and along Florida’s southern coasts, May is prime time for hard-fighting behemoths of the deep: marlin, tarpon and goliath grouper. It’s also a good month to hook tasty red drum and pompano, or ladyfish, if you’re hankering for a good fight instead.

Most bait shops and charter outfits know what’s biting and where. Also, dozens of websites and apps are dedicated to Florida fishing.

For example, Florida Go Fishing ( offers comprehensive information about fishing prospects throughout the state, as well as a chart of species and peak months to fish.

Outdoor App of the Month
Fish/Hunt FL is a free app developed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It allows users to access fishing and hunting regulations, get weather and seas information, and determine sunrise and sunset times. Users can even buy and download hunting and fishing licenses and permits from their smartphone.

What’s Special About May?
National Bike Month
National Wildflower Week (May 7-13)
May 12, International Migratory Bird Day
May 16, Love a Tree Day
May 18, National Bike to Work Day

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Many of Curtis Condon’s fondest memories involve outdoor adventures with friends and family, whether fishing with old school buddies, backpacking in the mountains of the Northwest with his sons, or bird-watching along the Gulf Coast with his wife. He feels fortunate having the opportunity to write about the outdoors and other subjects for more than 30 years.