April Fishing From Everglades City /Everglades National Park
Capt. Pete Rapps
March 23, 2017
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report
April 2017 : Everglades City, Chokoloskee & the Everglades National Park
The full moon this April falls on the 11th and the New moon is on the 26th. April is the first month of the year that we will not have any extreme negative daytime low tides to be concerned with. Looking at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, I like what I see for peak bite days on the 9th through the 13th, and the 24th through the 28th. Refer to my website for the current Solunar Calendar. There is a link on the bottom of my home page for "Solunar Bite Times"
Snook are on the move from the back country to the near Gulf river mouths. Best bets for catching Snook during this time is live bait like Pilchards and Thread Herring. Try the mangrove shorelines where the water is moving over deeper cuts. Typically there is an eddy of still water around each point. The Snook will be laying in there waiting for bait to be swept by with the current. Drift your baits into the eddy for your best chance.
If you want to hook up with the "Silver King", Tarpon are beginning to show on the shallow flats. They are on the move and are feeding on many things like Thread Herring, Pilchards, Ladyfish, and crabs. Rig a good rod with a 8/0 circle hook, tied to 4' of 60lb Fluorocarbon leader, on a spinning reel filled with 30-40 lb braid. Don't forget to point your rod tip at him each and every time he jumps so that he can take drag easier without pulling the hook or bending it straight on you.
If Tarpon are on your "bucket List", you should think about joining us down in Big Pine Key at the Bahia Honda in Big Pine Key. I am there with our top tarpon fishing guides doing Tarpon-Only charters from the middle of April through the middle of June, catching several of these "Silver Giants" every day.
I hope that these forecasts serve as educational and beneficial to you, and that they will help you become a better angler. If you have any questions or would like to book an instructional charter, please contact me at the below email. I also conduct free instructional seminars and lessons to various groups, clubs, tackle shops, and other venues throughout the year. If your group could benefit from a workshop, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also be sure to check out our website for dates of future workshops.
Capt. Pete Rapps
Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon
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