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April Redfish, Trout and Sightfishing Forecast & Predictions

Friday April 28, 2017

April showers bring May flowers and the redfish in April of 2017 have been flooding the flats as the water is warmed by the Florida sunshine blasting the shallow water flats. Cold winter weather is finally starting to leave us and on nice days we've seen some awesome fishing for giant redfish in smaller to medium sized schools in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River north of Titusville. Redfish are notorious for gathering up during the transition months into the summer and April is not disapointing any of my anglers. We've had days where there are redfish targets less than 100 feet from each other and if you didn't get a cast on the last one or blew the fish out, all you had to do is wait and another opportunity would present itself shortly. Since this is a Mosquito Lagoon report I'm only gonna mention here that you need to checkout the Indian River and Canaveral Fishing Reports about the Tripletail and Cobia catches. They're a great alternative for the flats fishing.

Spring of 2017 has the college kids coming to our area for a fun fishing trip with their family or friends. April is the last month before they hit the books again and it's a perfect opportunity to take advantage of what East Central Florida's Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River have to offer. Call (321) 868-4953 to set up a spring break fishing trip for you or your favorite college friend today.

Mosquito Lagoon Trout Report

April Spotted Sea Trout Update

When you can find cooler waters in the Mosquito Lagoon, you'll often find some of the best sea trout fishing in the world. Since the constitutional net ban in the 1990's were implemented the trout fishing has rebounded back and our anglers are catching them by the bucket loads lately. Smaller trout are being caught on the transition edges of the flats where the water drops to 3-6 foot or more with small jigs, shrimp on popping corks or small topwater lures like the tiny torpedo. Larger trout are being caught in the shallower water when the water temperatures get comfortable enough.

Holy Cow! It's April and the sea trout are in full spawn and really biting hard. I've made the prediction that we'll be breaking some IGFA records in the coming years if the trend of catching double digit sea trout continues. This year has already produced several fish including one that was a whopping eleven pounder. If I was to pick a month for targeting trout it would have to be April in Central Florida. From Mosquito to Fort Pierce including the famous Banana River Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon will be filled with simply the best trout fishing in the world. In 1992 we banned the nets in Florida and in the last decade and a half we are reaping the rewards of a well managed fishery. While it's not as good as it was prior to 1950, it's still a standout fishery as we get the biggest sea trout in the world and the numbers are on the rise too.

Sight Fishing Report on the Mosquito Lagoon

April Sightfishing Forecast and Report: Mosquito Lagoon

April is one of the most active month's of the year for inshore fishing as fish are moving around looking for to get their fill on some springtime baitfish, crabs and shrimp. It always amazes me at how the shallow water flats get active in April and the fishing is extremely consistant as we head torward May and onto the summer and leave the winter of 2016/2017 behind.

But this report is not only about how good the fishing is, but how good the sightfishing is during the month of April. The last month of March and late February has seen it's share of windy days making sightfishing difficult for us as inshore guides. Spotting a redfish tail in choppy conditions is difficult and often impossible even for the keenest eyes and making a cast while drifting at walking speeds past a redfish can make fishing very difficult for anglers too.

Don't be totally discouraged by April's windy forecast though, because if you're one of the lucky anglers to get a calm day... It's often as good as it gets and redfish and spotted seatrout are plentiful. April is one of my most consistant months for all fisheries and while the sightfishing on the lagoon can be awsome, the sight fishing for cobia nearshore off Canaveral can be even more spectacular and as we head into May of 2017 the tripletail, snook and other gamefish are really getting to their peak time too.

Bottom Line: If you book a day in April, you'll be playing Russian Roulette with the wind and seas, but if you get a good day you'll be looking at great sightfishing. If the winds don't cooperate, have no fear, we'll be catching fish anyways as there's too many around not to land a few with other methods rather than sight fishing.

Fishing Report for The Mosquito Lagoon

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: October 04 2016 11:07:26.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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April - 2017 Fishing Forecast

April of 2017 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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