May it All Come True
Welcome to monster May, that special time of the year when the monsters roam inshore and offshore. Just imagine a serene early evening, light breeze and the sun low on the horizon. You’re near the Seven Mile Bridge getting ready to watch what is sure to be a spectacular sunset, something the Keys are famous for. We may even get a chance to see the green flash, conditions are right for this rare sight and then it happens. Then all hell breaks loose. I guess I forgot to mention the live baits we have behind the boat that have, well been nervous and weren’t thinking about the sunset. They were worried about that 150 pound tarpon and his buddies that were eyeballing them. With a huge crash, the drag screaming and a one hundred and fifty pound tarpon cartwheeling behind the boat we drop the anchor and give chase. Yes it’s that good full speed adrenaline rush. We’ll get back to that sunset in an hour or so, but right now it’s all about that monster known as the Silver King.
The wrecks are alive too and it’s a good thing it’s grouper season. Yes it’s finally open, can I get an Amen - thank you. Grouper, big mutton snapper and amber jacks are on the wrecks nowadays.
When you hook up with these beasts you and your back will be in for a workout.
The shallow wrecks have been producing some monster permit, a great fight on medium light tackle. I like fifty pound braid with a clear forty pound top shot and a short 20 pound leader on a spinning rod. This type of fishing is sight fishing and requires just the right conditions and some patience, but it’s worth it.
Offshore the bigger dorado or dolphin fish are moving through our area and while they are fun to catch with trolling gear, they are an absolute challenge on thirty pound spinning tackle. The bigger fish can go up to 70 lbs. Yep, that’s a monster.
The reef is not to be overlooked either. Big yellowtail, big grouper as well as muttons and mangroves are getting their groove on now and it will only get better as the month progresses.
May has a lot to offer, this is just a taste. The monsters of May have arrived so go get some. Tight lines.
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