Brevard Surf Fishing Report: April 2014

Scott and his Dad Don with 29 inch Red caught in the South Beach Surf
Scott and his Dad Don with 29 inch Red caught in the South Beach Surf

This is no “April Fool’s Joke” there are fish in our Brevard County Surf. Reports from March confirm that the fishing is picking up from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet. Catches of whiting, pompano, drum, jacks and sheepshead have been reported at the tackle shops along the beach. With all the beach restoration projects this winter it has been hard to find clean water on any number of the southern beaches. Now that the beach restoration projects are coming to an end there is less silt in the water and disturbance from heavy equipment along the shoreline. More and more beaches have clean water and with the dominate April weather pattern (calm westerly winds) our surf fishing should improve greatly.

My forecast for April: Light winds and fairly calm seas. Shrimp and clams will still be the best baits on a daily basis. We are also beginning to see more and more fisherman with live sand fleas which are prime bait for pompano. April’s fishing tactic will include fishing a number of different beaches as you target pompano, whiting, drum, Spanish mackerel and sheepshead. Don’t be shy about exploring the great beaches we have here in Brevard County. The more area beaches you can catch fish at and become comfortable fishing, the greater opportunity you have to catch fish when others are being shut out.

Fish of the month: Sheepshead, it is outstanding table fair. All white firm flesh that cooks well on the BBQ, baked or fried. Just be careful when you fillet the fish as the dorsal fin has spikes that are very sharp. Once the fish is cooking all the work of filleting the fish will be forgotten and you can take the bows for catching and cooking your catch.

See You on the Beach,