Snook, trout and tarpon are three species to concentrate on in late April through May if you're an inshore angler.
May is the last month that delicious snook are open along Florida's East Coast. I try not to get greedy with them, no matter how great they taste. They're just too magnficent a species to let catch a case of freezer burn. One keeper snook will feed a large family. Let the rest live to fight another day. You need a snook stamp, and the daily limit is one fish per person. The slot limit is 28 to 32 inches in length.
Top lures this time of the year include topwater plugs early and late in the day, as well as a variety of jigs and spoon. Live bait always works well, and the action is always explosive.
Speckled trout are the state's most popular fish, and they're feeding actively between spawning engagements. The big fish are on the East Coast, especially in Florida's Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon. But the Gulf Coast is enjoying plenty of fish in the 25-inch range. Hint: the smaller males are better eating and it's better to take them for conservation purposes.
The tarpon are here, too. Every hardcore tarpon angler I know is currently lying to someone about their current location and situation. Lots of "tarpon flu" going around the office place. The only cure is sunshine and vaulting silver fish. Call in "sick" and fill your prescription of the silver king. Best bets include the Keys, Everglades National Park, and the Ten Thousand Islands.