April has arrived, hopefully the winds will lay down and the fronts withdraw from entering south Florida. Spring is in the air and fishing will blossom like the trees and flowers, hold tight it going to be fun.
Rising water temperatures, equals snook action hot,hot,hot. Snook are just about everywhere you look. Docks, seawalls and flats are teaming with schoolie snook and big female snook. Live thread fins, mullet and pinfish used near structure areas will produce results. The top water bite is fantastic early morning and evening, Heddon super spook in bone and white chartreuse head great color for working shorelines sea walls and flats. The average size of the snook have been from 5 to 25 pounds. Sight fishing for snook is a blast and can easily make an angler tremble and knees buckle, as nerves take over, this is what fishing is all about. Sight casting to the snook I like to use a DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad in glow and gold rush belly on a 1/8 ounce jig head, always lead the fish and wait for the snook to zone in on bait, slight movements are the key to success.
Mangrove shorelines and seawalls have been producing great black drum action. Black drum rely on scent, anglers using shrimp, clams, and crabs have best results, but DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad and 4 inch jerk bait in glow and holographic on ¼ once jig head produces many strikes. The key to drum fishing is patients and great vision these fish blend in well with there surroundings. The average size of the drum have been 5 to 20 pounds.
The ICW has been great for jack cravelles, they have been schooling cruising shorelines and seawalls in search of bait pods. Top water plugs and any live bait thrown in there vicinity will trigger the strike. The bigger jacks reaching 15 to 30 pounds are very aggressive during low light hours, channels are great areas to find these bruisers as the sun gets over head.
The peacock bass fishing has been stellar as the water temperatures are climbing and the Mayan cichlids are spawning. The peacocks are very aggressive taking popper flies, small top water spook jr, and DOA C.A.L 3 inch shad rigged with a chug head. Look for peacocks along shorelines and docks for best results. Live shiners great way to keep the kids busy and put a smile on there faces. The peacock bass are averaging 2 to 6 pounds.
The largemouth bass bite in local lakes and canals is great producing action from sun up to sun down. Live bait anglers live shiners worked along shorelines and grass lines will get the rod bent. DOA C.A.L 4 inch jerk bait in Arkansas glow and the DOA Sna Koil great baits for working docks and channel edges and drop offs. The bass have been very active near bridges as well when water is moving due to the heavy rains we have received.
Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371