|Posted by Capt. Josh on March 31, 2020 at 4:25 PM|
April is a great month for inshore fishing along the Nature Coast of Florida. Big schools of red fish will be roaming the outer islands searching for bait fish to eat, look for hard bottom such as oysters, lime stone and rocks red fish love hard bottom. Live pilchards and pin fish are my go to baits for reds i like to fish the mid incoming tide and first hour or two of the outgoing tide. Snook will be holding in the same areas as red fish and the same baits are the way to go.
Cobia are all over the shallow flats, look for them in 2-6 feet of water i like to look for the sing ray or big spotted rays for cobia. A 7-6' medium heavy rod with a 4000 size real riged with 20 pound power pro and a 40 pound leader is plenty for a big cobia. Live baits to use are pilchards, pin fish, large shrimp but most of the time i use a 5 inch fluke riged to a 1/4 ounce mission fishin jig head.
Tarpon are making showing there faces now and we will see the big push of poons in May but now is a good time to keep a eye out for the silver king. Live blue crabs or live pilchards are my go to baits for tarpon.
out deeper the Mmangrove snapper bite is still great in 30-40 feet along with some hog fish mixed in and a few red grouper, there are plenty of gag grouper to be caught but no harvest till June for these guys. King fish are also holding in the 20-30 foot depths.
As for the COVID 19 we do a very good deep clean after every charter and through out the day we keep the boat cleaned and anglers spred out.