April 2017 Best Bets

Those March winds came in strong as expected but that means the fish are even hungrier and are waiting for us to be able to go catch them, especially in the inshore waters. St Joe Bay and Crooked Island Sound seem to be more than full of those big ole red fish and speckled trout. They will be waiting for you and April could be a fine month to catch them.

Off shore fishing has not been happening so far in March but should be exceptionally good during April so make your plans to get out to that deep water where the big fish slept last night. You can bring home all of the fish except the red snapper, trigger fish and gag grouper. There are more amberjack than I have seen in a long time and the vermillion snapper and black snapper seem to be gathering up on the bigger fishing spots in larger numbers. This month should start an exceptionally good year of fishing; and if the Marine Fishery Service will let up on our limits-it should be a great year to go fishing.

Don’t forget to file a float plan, and let somebody know when you are going to return.

Be safe. Good fishing and good luck.