We’ve been in full swing spring fishing for over a month now and it gets better every day. Our last cold front is well behind us and the water is warming and it’s has made the bite literally set on fire. Everything is biting well. You can target just about any shallow water game fish you like right now or you can go after the whole bag and try to catch as many species as you can in a single day.
April is the best month of the year for flats fishing in Tampa Bay. Redfish, snook, and trout steal the headlines but there are so many other fish that we can catch right now. Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, black drum, cobia, sheephead, sharks…. you name it.
Whether you want to go for the inshore slam (redfish, snook, and trout) or just have a great day out on the water catching fish, April provides your best opportunity.
The redfish bite has been strong as it typically is this time of year. The water is just the right temp for them to feed aggressively. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold so fishing slow isn’t necessary. they are more than willing to chase down lively baits. The last of the incoming time and the first of the outgoing tide has been the most productive.
Snook have been biting best about halfway into the outgoing tide. The best bait has been free-lined scaled sardines (meaning we aren’t sing weights or floats).
Trout have been biting best on the incoming tide on the flats around Fort Desoto. If you get out there at the beginning of the incoming tide, start in the potholes but follow the mullet schools as the tide comes up. The trout are sticking with them.
Spring is coming to an end soon so if you want to get in on the hot inshore fishing action, call me today. Tarpon season starts for me the first week of May. If you’ve ever wanted to catch a fish that weighs over 100lbs, this summer if your chance to do so. Give me a ring and we’ll discuss the best dates and tides.