With the warm weather here to stay at last, the time has come to start planning your May charter fishing trips. In a recent article, we covered the types of fish that are emerging into our waters, such as feisty Bluefish and and tasty Croaker; now, we’re going to cover the conditions for the coming month you can precisely fine-tune your plans.
The fabled “April Showers” are running a month behind this year, which means a significant portion of May may be dominated by storms. Most, however, will be scattered and sporadic, which bodes well both for enticing fish to the surface and enabling you to hook them in favorable weather. This on-and-off pattern will last for the first twelve days of May, followed by a three day period of temperate sunshine. The thunderstorms return from the seventeenth to the twenty-sixth, then May will end with warm sunshine again. Fear not, however, brave fisher. As mentioned before, none of these storms will take up a whole day; therefore, plenty of sunny, dry fishing time will still be available.
With that being said, fishing in the rain can often be more productive than fishing in dry weather because the impact from falling rain disturbs the smooth surface of the water, thereby reducing the amount of light penetrating the water. Because of this, fish that would otherwise lurk away from bright light venture out to feed.Water temperatures throughout April were lagging behind the usual averages, but May is expected to be warmer than normal, which will serve to warm the water up in turn.
With such diverse conditions, you can plan trips perfect for both beginners and experienced fishermen. Book a trip for the day or an over-nighter, and don’t forget to bring food and a camera!