May flats fishing Islamorada can be a great time to fish here in the Florida Keys. Tarpon on the fly can be very good this time of year both fishing locally around Islamorada or in the backcountry. If you fancy casting to string of big fish try the local fishery, or if you like to blind cast to ‘rollers’ than the backcountry can be better. Often those fish in the back are more apt to eat as their is less visibility, boat traffic, and hungrier fish! Redfish and snook on the flats can be very good this time of year though you need to be able to get ‘skinny’ to reach them, i’m talking 6-8 inches in many areas! Some of the florida keys flats fishing guides specialize in this type of fishing. While bonefish or permit are also possible and of course members of the ‘big 3’ slam, tarpon are the target of choice in May.
Capt. Rick Stanczyk