April is Here, Summer is Near
Get a spring in your step. April is here, summer is near and all good things in our fishing world really start cooking. The waters are warming quite nicely now, I could ramble on about Equinox stuff, Saharan air layers, Jet Stream, Gulf Stream blah, blah, yeah, yeah.... Here it is bottom line. Fishing is good and getting better everyday.
Our spring and summer species are showing up on cue and in good numbers and we still have a few of our winter species overstaying their visit. Sailfish are still moving through our area along with some cobia and kingfish in Hawk Channel and on the outside edge of the reef.
Snapper fishing on the patch reefs and the deeper reefs really starts to heat up this time of the year, and will continue to improve into the summer for a variety of snapper and other species. Tarpon - yes, they’re here around the bridges. Water temperature is a factor so try to fish the warmest possible, and remember to match the hatch. Mullet, crabs, big pinfish are all good baits.
Permit on the shallow wrecks off the Marathon, Key Colony Beach area are arriving in greater numbers everyday. Crabs and jumbo shrimp are great go to baits and like with tarpon, water temp makes a difference, the warmer the better.
The deeper wrecks change day to day. Some days they’re hot and some days they’re not.
Offshore dolphin are starting to show up more consistently but we probably won’t see our push of really big fish until May - as usual.
Don’t let April fool you, or don’t be an April fool. Set your sights on everything and be ready to be versatile. It’s important to be able to stick and move. If one venue isn’t working or conditions aren’t right, try something different. Persistence pays!!
A special congratulations to Morgan and Jesse on their Engagement. Morgan is family, the daughter of one of my best and dearest friends Erik and Carrie. Kudos to Jesse for having the courage to pop the question on my boat lol, it’s a good thing we like him! Also, congratulations on catching his first saltwater fish a 40 lb. cobia is a great start. Tight lines and good luck !!!
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