Saltwater Fishing in Florida during April 2021 - KnottyTails

Saltwater Fishing in Florida during April 2021

According to the #floridaalmanac March 13–28 2021 is the best fishing day for. this month. If you won't make it this week maybe you'll make it for April. We did a list of what to look forward to for Saltwater fishing in Florida during the month of April.
ATLANTIC SAILFISH
Atlantic Sailfish
First choice: Mexico
Second choice: Florida
Sail fishing doesn’t get much hotter than what game boats experience in Mexico’s Yucatan Channel this time of year. Expect waters off Isla Mujeres to yield the highest release numbers, followed by neighboring Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. In Florida, sailfish fanatics wear a big smile this month as kite-fishing and trolling with liveys, and even dead baits, produce results from Key West north to Stuart.

 

SNOOK

Snook Fishing

First choice: Florida
Second choice: Mexico
Florida line siders begin moving toward open water prior to summer spawning. Points and creek mouths are likely ambush points, as are docks and piers. On the Gulf Coast, special catch-and-release-only regs remain in effect in Gordon Pass in Pasco and Collier counties. In Mexico, snook are active and hungry in the back bays and mangrove lagoons on the north and south of the Yucatan Peninsula.

BLACKFIN TUNA

Black fin tuna fishing

 First choice: Mexico
Second choice: Florida
Sailfish and marlin aren’t the only gamefish feasting on schooling sardines along the shoals off Cancun and Isla Mujeres this month. Blackfin tuna also make the scene, providing ample opportunity for anglers trolling small feathers, or casting lures or free-lining liveys from a drifting boat to take home supper. In Florida, chumming around shrimp boats anchored in the Gulf continues to pay off.

TARPON

Tarpon Fishing

First choice: Florida
Second choice: Mexico
Florida truly becomes the tarpon mecca in April as water temperatures reach the magic number that gets the big, annual silver king migration going along both coasts. Expect to find schools on the beaches and across deeper flats near deep inlets, passes and coastal river mouths first. In Mexico, the Yucatan’s lagoon nurseries get an influx of larger fish, and even bigger fish travel along the north end of the peninsula.

 

PERMIT

Permit Fishing

First choice: Belize
Second choice: Florida

Belize’s renowned permit fishing continues to attract anglers from all over, and justifiably so, as countless fish ranging from 6-pound schoolies to 30-pound singles provide targets for light- and fly-tackle enthusiasts. In Florida, permit remain schooled up around nearshore wrecks, where they can be temped with free-lined live crabs, jigs tipped with shrimp, or artificial crustacean imitations.

SWORDFISH

Swordfish fishing

First choice: Florida
Second choice: New Zealand

Strong winds and choppy seas characterize the South Florida offshore scene this time of year, but anglers with the boat and stomach to fish under those conditions find plenty of willing broadbills, including some eyebrow raisers. April is autumn in New Zealand, which happens to be the peak time for swords in those waters. Top areas include the Far North, Mayor Island, and the trenches near the Garden Patch.

KING MACKEREL

King Mackerel Fishing

First choice: Florida
Second choice: Louisiana

With water temps on the rise, kingfish along Florida’s Gulf coast feed more frequently on or near the surface, often revealing their whereabouts with their skyrocketing and topwater explosions. Now is a great time to catch some on surface walkers and shallow divers. Kings also stage outside Louisiana passes this month. Plugs and large, flashy spoons cast or trolled around bait schools catch their share.

 

MAHI 

Mahi Fishing

First choice: Hawaii
Second choice: Florida

Mahi continue their great seasonal pilgrimage through Hawaiian waters. Expect some fish on the prowl along the first drop, letting small-boat anglers and even kayakers cash in thanks to the proximity to island shores. In South Florida, the big run doesn’t go strong until May, but this month already brings an increasing number of days with solid dolphin fishing, especially in the Keys and Miami-Dade County.

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