Destin Near Shore Gulf Fishing in May
Fishing the Destin Near Shore Gulf continues to be productive. Strong Easterly Winds have been great for the Destin Cobia migration, however cloudy skies have been greatly reducing the required visibility to see the great fish. During a recent IntraCoastal Experience Destin Charter Fishing trip, my clients Matt and Rob reeled in two respectable Cobia (See Picture), on what would be considered not an ideal day to be Cobia Fishing. But Matt and Rob had a great “Can Do” attitude, and made the absolute most of this challenging day of Cobia fishing on the Destin Near Shore Gulf. Entering May, the Destin Cobia Run will start to slow down, but with that stated, don’t forget to visit the Destin Near Shore Gulf wrecks. It is very common for these Cobia to stage up on these wrecks near the end of the Destin Cobia migration.
The Destin Near Shore Gulf continues to heat up with King Mackerel now arriving to compete with the Spanish Mackerel for the numerous schools of bait now actively showing up in and around the Destin Near Shore Gulf and Destin Inshore Fishing areas within the Bay and Flats. My clients Maurice, his wife and father-in-law, experienced a great Destin Inshore Fishing trip and caught several nice Spanish Mackerel up to 4 pounds while fishing on the Destin Inshore Flats. Break out the Gotcha Plugs and Diamond Jigs for the Spanish Mackerel and a live large Cigar Minnow, Pogie (Menhaden) or Threadfin, will get it done with the King Mackerel. Trolling works for both the Spanish and King Mackerel, but free-lining a bait works too.
The Destin Near Shore Gulf is is alive and just gets better as the warmer weather arrives. I’ve been knocking on doors, to make sure the Red Snapper are home and let me tell you they are there. I’ve seen several Red Snapper in the 8 – 20 pound range, just waiting for a bait to be thrown in the water. At ICX we like to catch them on topwater, and to see these big snapper come up to eat your bait is truly a sight to see. Along with the Red Snapper, schools of amberjack have shown up as well. Red Snapper season kicks off June 1 through July 14. If you’re interested in taking advantage of great Destin Nearshore Gulf Fishing with Destin Charter Fishing Guide Capt LW of IntraCoastal eXperience Guided Fishing Charters, give me a call for the latest fishing report and reserve a fishing adventure for you and your group.