Hello there, it’s Captain Austin bringing you the April fishing report for the New Smyrna Beach area. The past few weeks have seen things really pick up on the fishing front. From the backwaters to the inlet and off the beach, the fish have become very active making for some amazing catches. I expect the fishing to only get better as we move closer to summer.
When the weather cooperates, we get the chance to venture offshore a few miles to fish the local reefs and wrecks. Most good bottom structure will hold red snapper and we’ve been fortunate to get in some action with these tasty critters. An added benefit to fishing structure is that at any time a cobia might pop up. Make sure you are ready with a live bait or brightly colored jig.
Redfish and snook catches are increasing every week and our clients have been catching some really large fish. Tides play a big part in catching both redfish and snook and if you are not in the right place at the
right time, your chances for success are diminished. Both fish respond strongly to live bait so it’s probably a good idea to make an effort to get some. Bait like mullet, pinfish, croakers or shrimp will be the ticket to some good sized fish
Another reason to be excited for spring time is the shark fishing. From blacktips to spinners these guys will be common along the beach and they can be a lot of fun to catch. The great thing about shark fishing is that you don’t necessarily need a boat to catch them. Surf fishing anglers have a good shot of catching one of these sharks if they have the proper tackle. A couple feet of wire leader tied to 60-pound or heavier mono leader should get the job done. Most of these sharks are 40 to 80 pounds with some over 100. Just make sure you use caution while landing them for obvious reasons.
Hope you enjoyed the report and check back with us next month. If you are interested in coming fishing with us call or text (386) 689-9056.
CHEWS WISELY FISHING CHARTERS
Capt. Austin Campbell