Cape Coral Fishing Report May 2020 – Things in Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida started to get back to “normal” throughout the month of May. Tourists started to slowly trickle back in as hotels and restaurants opened up again. I was extremely grateful for all of my return clients that came out and spent the day with me this month. It meant a lot to me, seeing so many familiar faces and getting back to work. As America gets crazier by the day it is nice to be on the water where the fishing is has been great and you can escape all of the politics and drama.
Now onto the important stuff, the fishing around Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, and all of Southwest Florida. The cold fronts came to an end and the heat was turned on in May. But the heat was a welcomed change as the atmosphere calmed down and pushed the fish into their summer time patterns. The fishing was really good throughout May.
A major focus of my fishing charters during the month of May was Tarpon. We saw huge numbers of Tarpon throughout Southwest Florida. They were all along the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands in addition to the thousands of fish that infiltrated Boca Grande Pass.
My fishing Charters spent many mornings watching the sun rise over the beach’s of Sanibel Island behind the boat, as giant tarpon rolled and broke the surface of the water in front of the boat.
Some days the bites came fast and we would lose big fish for many different reasons. Other days the bites never came ad we were blessed just to watch these magnificent fish in their element.
Other days, everything came together just right, no lines breaking, no bent hooks, no angler errors, and we were able to knock these amazing fish off of clients bucket lists.
As the summer heat kicked in throughout Cape Coral and Southwest Florida, large schools of snook and redfish moved into the passes between Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. We often targeted these fish near docks or other structure, or by letting the boat drift in the tide while dragging the baits behind. these methods proved very successful towards the end of the month and will only get better throughout June.
Offshore, we are still seeing huge numbers of sharks willing to provide big fights in the heat of the day. We also targeted another toothy fish, the barracuda, with some real success. Fishing Charters also started to see decent sized Mangrove Snapper moving into shallower water, which never fail to provide a delicious dinner.
June is turning into an extremely busy month of fishing and I know my clients will not be disappointed. Don’t wait to book your Cape Coral Fishing Charter as dates are filling fast.