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April Weather Confused Anglers and Fish

Capt. Mike Locklear
April 24, 2009
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report

God provided two outstanding and beautiful days back to back on this April new moon and it looks as though more great fishing weather is on the way. We started out the day fishing for trout in skinny water. Jerry Weisner of Dunn, SC was putting it to us landing most of our trout limits.

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Then we saw the cobia. Using a small Love Lure Head and Bass Assassin jerk shad, Jerry got him hooked up and in 10 minutes the battle was over! It was a real treat. We finished the day with a redfish each. Now that was fun!

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Our next day included a mix of all the (2) bluefish we wanted, a Spanish mackerel, several trout, a grunt and a redfish. Two of the trout were massive in excess of 21 inches and skillfully landed by Bill Lundy of South Carolina. Jerry landed the only redfish of the day at the last spot we tried.

Earlier this week, Chris White, founder of Leadership Ministries of Atlanta returned to Homosassa for the third year. We went out in the rain this past Monday. Some excellent catches were made despite the weather conditions with 7 Homosassa Guides Association members and 15 anglers. We brought in quite a mess of trout and some redfish. For some reason the redfish are not on fire. For one guest, Brandon Downs landed his first salt water fish on the fly rod, a beautiful and hard fighting ladyfish!

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I got to visit with and fish with my old friends from the former GTE, now Verizon. Doug Hill and Don Hayes and Don's son were on board for a good time and talking about the old days. We did not slay the trout like in years past, but it was a very nice day to be out on the water.

The Tuesday following an Easter winter cold front, Berke Wilson and his son John returned for some good ole fishing and shore dinner dining on the rustic club island. We caught more than enough fish before lunch and had a little left over. On the second trip, a half day, both Berke and John got into the redfish. It was a 5-minute stop to catch one redfish each and their last cast before having a 7-hour drive back to home.

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Homosassa Fishing Forecast:

I am hoping that winter cold fronts are done and spring is here. It is what it is. We finally got some warmer weather and the longer days should produce more fish and better fishing for the remainder of April.

Target Species:

Tarpon Cobia Redfish Trout Grouper

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