Boca Grande's April forecast
Capt. Danny Latham
April 5, 2011
Boca Grande - Saltwater Fishing Report
March has produced some great memories. The Snook fishing continues to be outstanding, the Redfishing is getting better and better, the nearshore fishing is producing big Cobia and Kingfish and the Tarpon are here. I can't wait to see what April has in store!
The Snook fishing has been outstanding this March. I'm not seeing big numbers of fish but the quality is certainly there and the fish are more than eager to gobble up a nice live sardine. I have had some 40 plus fish days this March and April should continue to produce some good snook fishing. For you night owls, the night time Snook fishing around the lighted docks in Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers beach, Little Gasparilla and Boca Grande may be your best bet for some April Snook action. Lures like Mirrolure 3" Soft Sardine and Mirrolure Mirrodine should both be good choices for for catching spring time Snook. Please remember that Snook season will be catch and release only until at least September 2011 .
The tarpon are here and they are getting frisky. I have already jumped a few fish in March and April should be spectacular. Every April tarpon begin to migrate into Southwest Florida but with this years warm weather we have seen more fish than usual. I really start to target Tarpon in April and I'm looking forward to catching these awesome fish for my clients. If you are planning a Tarpon trip in May or June I'm booking up fast this year so please call or e-mail me ASAP.
The Redfish action this March was pretty good. Some schools of oversize fish, in the 30"range, were producing some 20 plus fish trips. The Reds have definitely switched over to a baitfish bite with sardines and pinfish topping the list. The refish action will continue to improve through April as more and more fish come into the harbor to get their fill of baitfish on the flats. If your throwing artificials you've got to put some topwaters on early in the morning. The Mirrolure Mirromullet and She Dog have both been producing some nice fish and dont be suprised by a big Trout or Snook.
This March has produced some of the best trout fishing I've seen in many years. A lot of trout in the 3-4 pound range were caught and fish over 6 pounds and up to 9lbs have been caught. The ability to get a livewell full of sardines should produce even better numbers of gator trout. January through April is with out a doubt the best time to catch some BIG Gator Trout. While fishing the grass ledges, potholes and oyster bars looking these big trout you will be amazed at how many different fish you may catch. Trout, Redfish, Snook, Pompano, Flounder and Sheepshead are all a possibility and 40 - 60 fish days are not uncommon. All that rod bending action makes for a really good time! My favorite lures are the Mirrolure Lil John, Reaction Stirke jerk Jr and FishBites 3" paddle tail. All rigged on an eighth or a quarter ounce jighead.
The nearshore fishing has been on fire the past few weeks and the rod bending action will continue through April. The Spring migration of baitfish has begun and has brought a ton of fish into Southwest Florida. Cobia, Tripletail, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks and Permit all top the list and as of April 1st Grouper season is open and we will be inviting a few home for dinner.
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