April is turning into a great month for redfish here in Palm Valley. Large schools of redfish are holding off the main channel of the ICW. These schools can be found cruising the banks visually or when casting live or artificial baits drifting.
With the changing water temps and weather being more stable the fishing will get fired up. Look for schools of slot reds to bunch in the creeks through-out the month as schools of small pogies and finger mullet start finding their way in. Target the deep holes at low outgoing and the first of incoming.
An alternative Winter Fish Species… besides Sheepshead!!!
"Redfish's ugly cousin". Yep, that's what I've always called them. The Black Drum. A favorite winter time species for me. Not all that glamorous. But you have to look at the positives. And look beyond their appearance. To have them in your personal favorites list.
This time of the year between October and April, we are in the Fall/Winter/Spring transition so the ocean is changing a lot. But if you can catch the weather right, the longer trips are best if you really want to fill the freezer.
This time of year, the offshore fishing can be a little tricky because of the weather. As you know, we don't have true seasons in North Florida, we just have frequent cold fronts which bring wind and rain.
An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history.
October turned out to be a fantastic month of fishing. The water temps should continue to fall throughout the month of November. In doing so, many of the game fish such as redfish, trout and flounder will be transitioning to a fall pattern and start to school up.
Hopefully this month will bring some cooler weather and water. With the water temps holding in the high 80’s the bite is still a bit lethargic. Redfish, Trout and Flounder are still on the hit list, but the need to scramble has been the ticket for putting good numbers in the boat.