Wednesday, October 23, 2019

April Fishing Forecast in the 10,000 Islands

Follow the Fish

The end of March and beginning of April brings warmer temperatures that often hover in the mid-80s. These temperatures also warm the water up to around 75 degrees. April is the time of the year for you if you are on the hunt for spotted sea trout or pompano. These fish tend to hang out around the flats where the grassy bottom and the sand meet.

Pompanos and trout also tend to prefer three to five-foot water levels. To get the attention of the pompanos, you should bounce your jig on the sandy bottom. For these fish, you should be using a 3/8-ounce bucktail jig that is tipped with a small piece of fresh shrimp. Remember, though, you need to bounce the jig a bit if you really want to get the attention of the pompano.

April is also a good time for Silver King tarpon. These fish can be found around the shallow flats and will be feeding on ladyfish, pilchards, thread herring, and crab. A circle hook tied to a 60 lb. fluorocarbon reel is ideal as long as you are using a good rod. They are a good choice to catch from about the middle of April until the middle of June. You will find some success catching these bigger fish daily.

However, catching these fish can be a task if you aren’t familiar with the technique. After your first run, get the rod tip up and let the circle hook drive the hook home. Always point the rod tip at the tarpon every time it jumps so it makes the drag a bit easier.

Snook will also be around as they make their way back from the Gulf river mouths. They prefer bait like pilchards and thread herring. The mangrove shorelines are the best spot to look for snook because the water is moving over the deeper cuts.

Also, letting your bait drift is a good way to get their attention and improve your chances of catching them. The snook often lies in an eddy of water waiting for the bait to be swept by with the current. For the best chance at catching snook around the mangrove shorelines, drift your bait into the eddy.

Springtime in the 10,000 Islands region in Florida is one of the best fishing locales, and you can find much success fishing near-shore or even chartering a boat to explore further.

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, Florida. We can be reached at captainrapps@yahoo.com or 239-571-1756. Tight lines and best of luck in your fishing adventures!

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