April Fishing Reports Florida

April Fishing Report, Tampa Florida

Now this is the month when fishing gets really good! April is the month when the water temperatures get in the upper 70s and the fish feed very well.  The redfish and snook are thick and in the ponds and it’s not unheard of to catch 40 plus fish in a few short hours.

Catching Big Redfish

“The big redfish are definitely around. We are catching them on live bait and when we chum, they are showing themselves quickly!” explains Shaw. With these species being particularly responsive.

Florida Fishing Charters

Mangrove Snapper + Grouper Bite

This is also the time of the year that the mangrove snapper start showing up thick on the nearshore reefs. There is also a lot of groupers around on the reefs and even though they are out of season, they are really fun to catch and take a picture with. Catching grouper is like playing tough a war with a fish. When a grouper hits you know it’s a grouper.  We still have sheepshead and hog fish hanging around the reefs, but they will start to thin out as the month comes to an end. 

Another great fish to catch the kingfish are right off the beach. These fish pull a lot of drag and can get up to thirty pounds. They school in big groups so when we find the schools its a ton of fun when they jump out the water. 

Spanish Mackerel

When it comes Tampa Bay the Spanish Mackel are in big numbers and are all over the south side of the bay. these fish pull and are a lot of fast action.  

Recent Cobia Sightings

We also are seeing some cobia in the bay on the inside reefs. It is a random bite of luck, but they will get thicker to be able to target as we get later into April and into May. Cobia is a great eating fish and are big enough to feed an entire family multiple times.

Gearing Up for Tarpon

If you’re looking to catch a monster Tarpon aka the silver king. They are starting to show up in big number but won’t have a really high catch rate till the month of May. We still catch them in April but it’s on more of a random occurrence.

Make sure you book your tarpon trip for May and June soon because we are limited on dates to catch them as they are a migratory fish.

Now is the time to book your next trip of a lifetime with Florida Fishing Company!

With the spring fishing season now in full swing, Captain Randall Shaw and the Florida Fishing Company are extending an invitation to anglers seeking unparalleled fishing adventures. Shaw promises, “This season is shaping up to be one of the best. With the variety and abundance of fish we’re seeing, every trip is a chance to land that once-in-a-lifetime catch.”

For those looking to test their skills against some of Florida’s most sought-after marine species, now is the time to book your trip with Captain Shaw. Whether you’re aiming for the perfect photo catch or the thrill of the fight, the Florida Fishing Company offers experiences that go beyond the ordinary, making every outing on the water truly memorable.