May 2012 The mahi mahi are always center stage in May. We have several of our big mahi mahi tournaments coming up this month. The marathon bull and cow is the first one starting on the first weekend in May. The next big tournament is the Coconuts tournament in the middle of the month. We will be running and gunning looking for the big ones! We usually run into blue marlin this time of year especially near the full moon. They can show up any time you are near any dolphin. Always be prepared to throw a fresh mahi at one that may be in your spread. I have also been pulling large lures close to the transom that act as teasers for the mahi and a nice meal for a blue! The wahoo fishery has come to a close for the year. We will be anxiously awaiting them this fall.
The large tuna will also be present on the offshore humps. I like to fish for them with live baits like sardines or pilchards. The high-speed jigs are also red hot this time of year as squid becomes the primary target for big blackfins feeding down deep.
The grouper season will open on the first and we plan on taking full advantage of this both in the water and out. The offshore wrecks will be prime for muttons and groupers and the shallow patches that we spearfish will be busting with excitement too!
May is primetime here in Islamorada for many species including tarpon. It is truly a great time to be here in Florida to go fishing, and the best place is in the Florida keys in Islamorada the sport fishing capitol of the world!