May has been HOT, from cobia on the beaches to snook in the passes and it is going to get even HOTTER with the invasion of large number of tarpon on the beaches.
The beach mitigation reefs have been on fire with good numbers of grunts, mangos, and cobia. The tarpon have arrived, but not until the first full/new moon of June will the season be in full swing. When hitting these reefs utilize an assortment of baits from shrimp, squid, cut bait and live pinners and white bait. Varying your bait will increase your species caught. On a recent trip I pulled up a nice trigger fish and even some lane and porgies. You never know what is lurking on the reefs which makes fishing them so fun, not to mention the great fillets you can bring home.
The inshore fishing has been awesome to as the snook, trout and reds are in their summer month patterns. I have been utilizing more artificial baits this May in search of the big three. My best luck has been with soft plastics and evening trips help beat the heat, especially if it coincides a strong moving tide around sunset.