Fishing Report - May 3, 2011by Capt. Bill Baldus on 05/03/11
It seems summer has arrived early with the warm weather and trade winds we have had the last few weeks. We have received very little rain this spring and have a few lightning caused fires burning inland from here. You can see the haze and smell the smoke most days this last week. The water temperatures have climbed up into the 80's and the water remains churned up due to the south winds but there are fish here to be caught.
We are finding tarpon in good numbers, redfish and black drum on the bottom half of the outgoing tide. Black drum feed more by scent than sight and do not eat flies as readily as their cousins the red drum (redfish) but can be fooled with the right fly and presentation. We are seeing lots of baitfish in the backwaters and outside points. The best bet for sight fishing has been on either side of the bottom of the outgoing. Dark colored flies are the favorite for tarpon, reds and snook in the back country when the water is off color.
Snook are showing on the beaches north of here towards Marco and
We will keep you posted,