May 2020 Venice Jetty Fishing Forecast
In May our area becomes tarpon town. They’ll be chasing the fish migrating north and we’ll be chasing them. Snook, Reds are on the coastal waters and intracoastal. Trout on the flats should be going nuts. A white paddle tail has been working when the waters a little churned up, white paddle tail also working for reds and trout locally.
For kingfish head offshore a few miles, look for birds and troll right through em with a big ol bomber lure.
Mike Leichty with the king fish
According to FWC trout snook and redfish are catch and release only until May of 2021.
Tarpon will start coming in this month and just get thicker as we get closer to May.
The water temp warms up this time of year so the pompano should be coming in through the jetty like crazy this month. Have heard stories of good pomp fishing in big pass with school bus yellow silly willy working.
To catch the pompano get yourself a silly willy and a teaser (pink and white jig with a green/yellow teaser work goood), tie them in a loop knot and cast it out as far as possible. Wait for it to hit bottom, count to 5 then start working it in.
FWC allows you to drop 5 stone crab pots per saltwater fishing license. Stick some cheap chicken in there and let it set for a few days then pick out some big crabs. Pull a claw off and throw the crab back. Stone crab harvesting open till May.
You can always find fish around here in the rivers and offshore. FWC makes snook, redfish temporarily catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide. Guided kayak fishing available at Jetty rentals at the North Jetty on the south end of Casey Key. 941-525-0117.