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What's hot: This month has a variety of fish to target. Kingfish are available at most artificial reefs 10 miles out and farther. A little bit west, you can find blackfin tuna and sharks around the commercial shrimp boats. They have been working the depths of about 100 feet. Grouper remains spotty, but the mangrove snapper has picked up. They, too, are more abundant at 100 feet.

By DAVE MISTRETTA
Published May 16, 2007


What's hot: This month has a variety of fish to target. Kingfish are available at most artificial reefs 10 miles out and farther. A little bit west, you can find blackfin tuna and sharks around the commercial shrimp boats. They have been working the depths of about 100 feet. Grouper remains spotty, but the mangrove snapper has picked up. They, too, are more abundant at 100 feet.

Special report: At least two mako sharks have been seen near rock piles at 140 feet. They are not common to our area, but at this time of year, a few are lured from deeper waters. One, estimated at 9 feet, was hooked this week by Mike Irwan. After numerous jumps, it twisted in the line and broke free.

What's next: Tarpon should appear in large schools along the beaches this week. As water temperatures climb toward 80 degrees, expect more to follow. By the end of May, the migration will be in full swing.