April is here and while fishing charters in Tampa Bay has been good we have had a late run of cold fronts that has made for some weird flats fishing patterns and have moved fish from day to day. We went from 80-degree water at the end of February fishing down to as low as 59 degrees in March. This has made for some crazy Tampa fishing charters. April is here and that typically means great weather. Snook fishing inshore remains the top producer with just about every creek full of smaller male fish and the occasional linesider mixed in. Greenbacks have been the choice of bait and are still holding good in the deeper water around the markers and bridges around Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay Redfish remain very hit or miss but as water warms I suspect that the schooling fish with start to show up. The big news for April is Tarpon season for Tam pa fishing starts. While it’s still a little early you can expect to find the Sliver, King roaming the outer Tampa flats and along the bridges. Good signs of Tarpon showing up are big bait pods of Threadfin Herring just off the beaches and bridges that surround Tampa and St Petersburg. Tarpon are one of my favorite and really enjoy watching customers catch a fish of a lifetime. Stay posted to our blog for weekly Tampa fishing reports. Tightlines
Cold fronts have thinned out and the few that are still hitting us are not as strong as we had seen earlier in the year. This has made for the consistent kind of weather that makes spring fishing some of the best of the year. The nice weather mixed fishing around new and full moon weeks that because optimal tidal flow means some great spring-time fishing is aheadand a good time to do a Tampa fishing charter.
Lately snook fishing has been good as most continue to migrate to the flats in search of food. Fishing around the troughs and cuts created by tidal flow are great areas to fish for snook since they use these areas as ambush points for bait. Good numbers have been holding around the potholes surrounding the shallow flats. Targeting these areas on lower tides makes it easier to locate them.
White bait (aka greenbacks) is key right now as it starts to move around the range markers and deeper areas. Throwing a heavy, big net is very important since the bait is deep and water very clear. I’ve had to use a Humpback 12-foot, 3/8-inch mesh net the extra heavy version to get bait. Also using some chum during the slower tides will bring the bait closer to the surface and make it a bit easier to catch. As we make our way towards the warmer weather look for bait to make its surge onto the flats. This too will make catching it a little easier when big schools move into the shallows.
Redfish also will start to make their surge onto the flats as the spring mullet run develops. Look in the same places you’re catching Snook on the flats and typically Redfish aren’t far behind. Reds are roaming fish so being a little more patient is the secret to catching them. Artificial baits work great and save you a couple hours of trying to catch bait when fishing in Tampa Bay You can’t go wrong with the Mirrolure Mirodine when targeting redfish or trout. Another great way to fish reds is to suspend a greenback under a Cajun Thunder Back Bay Thunder popping cork. Using this technique will draw the fish in.
Trout fishing continues to flourish this time of year with water temperatures in the mid-70s. Look around the flats with good tidal flow on the deeper flats of Tampa Bay. These are great areas to start. When targeting Seatrout, you can have a productive day using both live and artificial bait. One of my favorites is the Z-man pearl white PaddlerZ hooked with a 1/8-ounce jig head. If live bait is your choice, trying using a Cajun Thunder float with a select live shrimp or greenback. Trout love noise and the Cajun Thunder “clacking noise” is something they can’t resist. When looking to go fishing and not sure how or when its always a good idea to book a fishing charter and you will learn more in that trip alone than you would by yourself. Dont forget to check out our great reviews on TripAdvisor