I’m a couple of days behind on our May report, and I apologize. If you’ve been following the weather in Destin, you’ve heard about the severe storms and flooding our area experienced over the last several days, bringing an unheard of 26+ inches of rain to our area in just 48 hours. The rainfall resulted in massive power outages, road and bridge closures, and flooding. All of that fresh water is now emptying into our bays and bayous and will undoubtedly stir up the silt along the bottom of the bay and muddy the waters for a few days until it settles and/or gets flushed out of the East Pass. On the bright side (no pun intended), the forecast shows nothing but sunshine for the next week or so and we are very much looking forward to that! With water temps in the mid-70s and good weather on the horizon, fishing is bound to heat up over the next few weeks as we head into the season.
Cobia season remains in full swing, and there have been some real whoppers making their way into the weigh stations at the various Cobia tournaments in session. We are seeing fish from 30 lbs all the way up to 91.2-lbs, which I believe is the current leader in the Harbor Docks Cobia World Championships right now. We are also seeing plenty of snappers, and kings are starting to show up as well. Triggerfish closed May 1st so, although they are still biting, you’ll have to catch and release. Here’s a 38 lb Cobia caught from one of our rental customers from our 19′ Cobia center console:
Inshore, you can expect to see redfish, speckled trout, and black drum. We had a group last week that caught 2 of the biggest black drum I’ve ever seen. Wish I had a picture to share!
Expect the king bite to pick up and the mahi to start to show up along with some sailfish. Of course, red snapper opens at the end of the month on May 24th, and we always look forward to that!