May 2010 Forecasted Fishing Report For Gulf Shores

The month of May should be a good month for fishing in Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Mobile Bay. The water temperature is consistently in the mid 70’s with shrimp and other bait fish filling up the bay waters. The full moon at the end of the month is a major spawning time for many of our inshore species. This should present outstanding opportunities to target trophy size speckled trout. After the females lay their eggs they spend the next few days tending their beds. While they are busy watching their eggs they don’t eat much. They will be spending the weeks leading up to the spawn fattening themselves up. These large females will be looking for large meals. 
           Red fish will be biting in the afternoons this month on the Alabama Coast. Large reds on their way to the Gulf will be feeding on large baits during the outgoing tides. Catching these fish is especially challenging, not only because of the size of the fish but because of the strong current they have on their side. Also, flounder will be migrating from the Gulf Water s into the Alabama Bay Waters in May. The flounder are already on the beach and should be making their way into our passes any day now. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to target flounder on rod and reel.