Monday, May 25, 2020

April Fishing Forecast in the 10,000 Islands

Follow the Fish

The end of March and the beginning of April in the 10,000 Islands means warmer temperatures that often hang in the mid 80’s range. The water temperature is also known to warm up to around 78 degrees. April is one of the best times of the year if you are after spotted sea trout or pompano.  

If it is pompano you want this spring, check the flats where the grass and sand meet. They also prefer to swim around three to five-foot water levels. To capture their attention, you need a 3/8-ounce bucktail jig that has been tipped with fresh shrimp. Make sure to bounce it around to really get their attention. 

Silver King tarpon are also plentiful towards the end of April and can often be found in the shallow flat areas feeding on ladyfish, pilchards, thread herring, and crab. For these fish, opt for a 60-pound fluorocarbon leader, about a 5-6000 size reel with a good quality mediumheavy rod. These fish are best caught around the end of April through the end of June. 

Snook will also be around this time of the year as they make their way back to the Gulf River mouths. To catch Snook, be sure to have pilchards and thread herring. Your best spot for these fish will be around the mangrove shorelines where the water moves over much deeper cuts. 

Allowing your bait to drift a bit can also double your chances of success with Snook fishing because it grabs their attention. Just make sure you drift your bait into the eddy.  

For offshore fishing fun, the edge of the Gulf is where you want to be. With it, you will find migratory species and gives you the chance to score cobia, permit, tripletail, grouper, and kingfish.  

You won’t have to travel too far to find a good variety of fish. However, you want to make sure you have the right kind of bait for each type of fish you want to catch; this means that you always have to be prepared. 

As you can see, springtime in the 10,000 Islands area is plentiful as long as you come prepared and are aware of the best spots to go to catch your favorite fish.  

If you want to learn more about fishing in this area, don’t hesitate to charter a boat with a professional guide before you plan a trip out on your own. They are more than knowledgeable about all things fishing including the tackle and bait to use, the areas to frequent, and the local rules and regulations you need to follow.  

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 islands and the Everglades National Park, FL. We can be reached at www.captainrapps.com or shoot us an email at captainrapps@yahoo.com or call 239-571-1756. 

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