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Apr 1, 2017 Fishing Report Fishing Report Archives

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Coastal Angler Magazine

INSHORE/NEARSHORE FISHING

FORECAST BY: Capt. John Young

Spring is in the air and the fish now due to more bait fish showing up in the river and off the beach. Along with the presence of more bait, comes the aggressive feeding habit of snook, tarpon, trout, reds and jacks. April is a good month to break out the Spooks, Skitterwalks, Blades and Poppers as we will have a great topwater bite in the mornings and late afternoons. The snook will be on a feeding binge getting ready for the hormonal instincts to fatten up for an early spawn. Due to the hot weather, the push towards the inlet should be sooner than expected. Fish the edges of the mangroves and near docks with live bait or a well-placed topwater plug to get their attention. With the clear water conditions you can spot the snook on the flats and sight cast. Clear water means drop down on leader size and stay low to the water so they don’t see you. Stealth approach is best. The Roosevelt Bridge and Ten Cent Bridge always have big mommas hanging out on the structure. Elephants eat peanuts, so a shrimp and jig head will work fine dropped near the pilings. Tarpon are cruising with the tide near the crossroads and up in the forks of the St. Lucie River. D.O.A. TerrorEyz twitched near the bottom is good lure in the St. Lucie. Put your time in at the crossroads with a big mullet and wait for the tarpon bite. The Indian River flats have a good trout bite going on with topwater and soft baits. D.O.A. C.A.L. Jigs on a 1/8 head bounced through the pot holes and bar edges is a sure bet to hook up. If, you’re hunting gator trout, I would suggest a topwater plug to get their attention and to witness the plug getting blasted. Flip the dock lines and mangroves for reds hanging near structure. Any irregular bottom contour going from shallow to deep or deep to shallow is a place that will hold fish. Run the beach looking for cobia or head out to the secret spots (ha ha) with live bait and cobia jigs. When you hook up, get them in quick before the sharks zero in on them. Wear your Costas and keep the waterway clean.

FROM THE SHORE FISHING

FORECAST BY: Chris Sharp

Snook will be on everyone’s mind this month and it should be. This is the time of year they start to leave deep holes of winter for inlets and beaches along the Treasure Coast. The spawn for snook starts at the end of April and lasts all the way up to July. Warmer weather means water temps are up and longer days to get a slot fish and over slot. If the water stays clean, there should be no problem site casting for them along the beaches. First light is always a good time to get a chance for some really big snook. Get to the beaches an hour before sunrise and you will be on them at high tide. Best beaches are Bathtub Beach, Walton Rocks and House of Refuge. Throw some plugs like the Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow in silver and black. Also try some soft rubber baits D.O.A. C.A.L. silver and black and Monster X Shrimp in root beer color. Snook fishing at bridges will still be good but look for windy days to produce the best times, and also at the inlets.

Tarpon fishing right before the full moon and a week after will be hot. Bridges like the Roosevelt will hold big tarpon up to 150 pounds so don’t be shy using heavy gear. Number 9 circle hook tied to 80-pound leader, main line being 65-pound braid to get it done. A nice stiff rod like Fin 12 from Blackfin Rods, an 8-foot rod with a lot of backbone. Throw Hogy Lures in black and white to get on the bottom and also big lip plugs will work. But nothing better is than menhaden, or better known as bunker, to get these fish. Throw in the direction the current is running and hold on. In the surf, use big spoons to target rolling fish.  Take off the treble and replace it with a number 8 or 9 circle hook. Best places are the old Roosevelt Bridge, Walton Rocks Beach, north near the boils, and the House of Refuge.

Pompano fishing will be gone but big brother, the permit, will be around and there isn’t any better place then Walton Rocks Beach to target these fish. They come from the deeper water of the boils to feed off the up-close reefs of Walton Rocks. Look for schools at first light and during high tide. Use shrimp on a jig head and throw right in front of them. Small crabs will work too. Good luck and tight lines!

OFF SHORE FISHING

FORECAST BY: Capt. Scott Fawcett

See you later March! April is here with calmer seas and better fishing. The warmer temps of spring kick off our yellowfin tuna fishing along with most other pelagics that swim off our coast. In early spring, just 65 miles towards the Canaveral Sea Buoy, you’ll often find packs of birds swarming above massive schools of big yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Using your radar to mark the birds coupled with a run and gun approach can often produce banner days this time of year. Try trolling ballyhoo covered by sea witches or even use artificials as simple as feathers to entice these tasty brutes. Try fishing your baits much further back than normal. First and foremost, it’s better to give them space and continue to fish circles around them, than to run right through the middle and possibly put them down for the day. Don’t get frustrated, you’ll get your bites.  While you’re that far out, there’s always a good possibility of coming across float, major weed lines or extreme current edges.  These often yield quality size dolphin and the occasional wahoo and blue marlin. It’s always a good idea to give conditions like this a shot for a little bit before moving on to the next spot. For those of you who are not interested in the 65-mile run to the northeast, we have plenty of great fishing right off our coast. Trolling or live baiting for mahi-mahi, kingfish, cobia, wahoo or sailfish along with sight fishing for permit, tarpon and cobia, will keep anglers busy and on their toes. Bottom fishing for grouper, seabass and snapper now is top notch although grouper is still catch and release till May. This is also a great time of year to try daytime swordfish trips. While this can be a long day while putting your efforts in towards one of these amazing creatures, when it comes together and you’re tight on one, it’s the trip of a lifetime.  Give me a call to get out on the water and take advantage of any of these wonderful opportunities the Treasure Coast offers this Spring. Looking forward to fishing with you soon.

DEEP SEA FISHING

FORECAST BY: Capt. Rocky Carbia

Spring will be in full swing during the golden days of April as longer daylight hours will allow near coastal anglers to enjoy the lighter winds and calm seas that can typify this month`s offshore scenario.  A user-friendly ocean and extra daytime will allow captains and their fish hungry crews to explore the farther edges of their fishing perimeter at all angles of east, offshore of the St. Lucie Inlet. Meat hunting, bottom fishermen will make the 8- to 10-mile run to the southeast to fish the Loran Tower ledges, a series of naturally occurring coral reef that run approximately north to south in depths from about 65 feet out to 85 feet of water.  These coral reef ledges have very well developed horizontal structure and vertical profile, which rises from the ocean floor towards the surface.  The Loran Tower Ledge reef zone is a very, expansive area with dynamic configurations of natural reef structures, which include reef caves, large voids (fish holes), pinnacles, bowls, over hangs, and innumerable smaller out-croppings, that are all associated with this reef system.  This reef zone is a magnet for all saltwater fish, especially members of the snapper family that post up, feed, and spawn on top, inside, and around these types of structures. Vermilion snapper will begin their spawning period this month and will be one of the “grocery targets” a top of this ledge. Lane, mangrove, and mutton snapper will also be found here and will be caught on most cut baits deployed with lead sinkers to reach and hold the bottom. Large representatives of these species cruise this reef zone. Large mutton snapper from 12- to 20-pounds can regularly be found here along the outer edges of the reef line and in gulley’s between pinnacles. Huge cubera snapper can also be found along the outline of the reef’s contours.  Successfully catching a big snapper is highly dependent on pinpoint boat positioning along the reef line, specialty terminal tackle rigging, velocity of the current, and proper deployment of baits.  April will allow near coastal anglers to spring into the season`s offshore grocery collection with all species of snapper high on their list.

 
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