APRIL FISHING REPORT:
Spring has sprung and the fishing has turned on. The fishing has picked up from a 2.5 to a 7.0 on a ten scale in the last 2 weeks. Fishing will only get better as the bait schools continue to show up at the pier.
A late arrival Sheepshead was a pleasant surprise, they seem to be a few months late. A good number of fish and good sizes as well. Small mud crabs and fiddlers crabs are the bait of choice.
Spanish Mackerel have followed the bait to our pier as predicted. When the Mack schools come by you can catch your limit of 15 in an hour. Most are the minimum size of 12 inches, but some will go up to 24 inches. The bite will continue to pick up as the bait continues to shows up. The Gotcha plug is your best choice. I would recommend a 7/8 oz. lure with a red or chartreuse head. I also recommend putting 24 inches of 30 lb. mono or fluorocarbon leader in front of your lure to protect from bite offs. Cast your lure out as far as possible and retrieve it at a fast pace. Do not let it sink to the bottom because you will become snagged and lose your lure. If the Mackerel are there, you will get a bite.
The Snook have also began to show up at the pier in good numbers. We have quite a few small fish (16-22 inches) and couple big females (36-40 inches). There have been a couple fish caught in the magic slot size of 28-33 inches. The strong outgoing tide tends to be the better bite. It’s a delicate balance between heavy tackle and a light leader with a small hook to get a keeper on ice.
Redfish continue to roam under the docks, mixing in with the Snook. Sizes range from 14-31 inches. Keeper fish are 18-27 inches.
We have also seen a late season resurgence of quality size Flounder. A few fish in the 16-18 inch class. The Flounder bite will soon shut off until next Fall.
We have seen a few Mangrove Snapper under the docks, but bulk of them have not showed up yet. Maybe late April or early May should be the peak snapper bite.
Be respectful of all fish. If not within the legal sizes please release them in a timely manner. It is your responsibility to know the Florida fish limits, if unsure please ask us at the pier and we will be happy to help you out.
Thanks, Merry Pier