Keaton Beach

Keaton Beach Fishing Report CAM April 2018 

Photo Cutline  2134 Mackensie Hulse now schooling in Montana with a nice March trout. 3/22/28 
                       2136 Mike Hulse with his best of the day 

Trout fishing was fantastic yesterday (today is March 12) as I took out Angie, Mike and Mackensie Hulse of North GA, out and we landed well over 80 trout bringing in 19 keepers. We fished in 3 – 4 ft. of water with mostly with live Shrimp under Back Bay Thunders. Our last 5 – 6 fish came in on live pinfish as I just had to catch a few and try them.  Gulf water temps were up to 61.6 degrees up from 56 earlier in the week following a cold front. I also landed several nice trout on Assassin’s Wakasagi Elite Shiners rigged under an Original Cajun Thunder.

Expect trout to move into a pre-spawn mode in April and move out to 4 – 4.5 ft. depths gorging on pinfish in the daytime and shrimp at night.  Most any live or artificial bait you toss at them now should be taken. Stickbaits, jerkbaits, hard and soft, jig and grub combos and Original Cajun Thunders rigged with soft plastics on jigs will all take fish. Look for ballyhoo and work those edges holding the most bait.
April is a BLAST! Pelagics show up from down south so you never know what is going to hit you next! Spanish, Cobia, Ladyfish, Blues, and Tarpon are all to arrive in April. Gotta Love it.

Redfish will bunch up and show up on more and more rock piles as they move out from the creeks and hidey holes they wintered in. Toss weedless spoons like Precision Tackle’s NEW Hex spoons in Copper, Gold and Cajun Copper and remember to bounce the bottom every third or fourth turn of the handle. That little puff of dirt/sand etc. makes your spoon imitate a crab….what the red is looking for anyway.

Jigspinners like the Thunder-Spins I use will also take many April reds. Use Assassin Sea Shads in Copperhead , Texas Roach, Chicken-on-a-Chain, Cantaloupe and Limetreuse for your Thunder-Spins tail. Again, bumping the bottom is the key!
Spot some mullet and work the edges of the school.

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Pat McGriff dba One More Cast guide service for 28 years!