April Fishing Forecast
Captain Jim Britton
Wow! What a crazy start to spring. With all that is going on in the world (which we should take quite seriously) one of our best outlets is to get outside, in the open air, and enjoy some social distancing via fishing, Whether, you enjoy offshore, inshore, surf, pier or bridge fishing ; there is no better way to avoid the new virus craze then to be outdoors in Florida. That being said, we should all be looking to spend locally, over the next few months, more than ever. Local businesses rally in times of need for the local communities and this is a great time to show our support in return. On to the fishing!
Offshore anglers will continue to find good numbers of quality wahoo into April. The dolphin and tuna bite will really kick off also, All of these species can be caught trolling naked skirt baits or ballyhoo/ skirt combinations. While grouper and red snapper will remain closed, bottom fisherman should find plenty of cobia, trigger and black sea bass on the wrecks and reefs. Live sardines as well as cut bait will work well to entice these fish to bite.
On the local piers and from the surf, black drum and sheephead will be on the decline. However, pompano, bull whiting, and flounder catches should be on the increase. Live sand fleas, as well as, Fishbites artificial strips will be the best baits to trigger bites for these species. Live shrimp is a great substitute when these other baits are not available.
Inshore fisherman should dust off any topwater baits which have not already been “dewinterized”. Early morning and late evening should provide great opportunities to catch trophy sea trout, as well as, quality slot redfish on these baits throughout the month. Live shrimp, mud minnows, and mullet will all be great choices for natural baits also. As the water continues to warm up be on the look out for that great early morning bite to return.
Captain Jim Britton