Capt Rodney’s Corner

Best Days to Fish March
1-9, 17-28

Captain Melly B with a bragging-size pompano. A few poms this size will be hanging around our beaches and Indian River Lagoon inlets during April.
Captain Melly B with a bragging-size pompano. A few poms this size will be hanging around our beaches and Indian River Lagoon inlets during April.

Anglers for Conservation (AFC), has teamed up with Fish Florida, and together they’ll be bringing us a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to fish side-by-side with three of Florida’s most elite fishing captains, Florida Insider Fishing Report celebrity, Mike Holiday, DOA Lures inventor, Mark Nichols and Mogan Man and Addictive Fishing Show host, Blair Wiggins.

It’s easy to get connected; all you need to do is go to http://www.fishfloridatag.org/purchase-plate/ to order your sailfish Fish Florida license plate. To learn more, go to anglersforconservation.org

The AFC will be holding more than a dozen free Hook Kids on Fishing programs around the state during April. Kids and their parents will learn the fundamentals of safe and conservation-minded recreational fishing, plus they’ll receive a free fishing rod and reel and the new Hook Kids on Fishing Manual. To learn more, go to anglersforconservation.org.

If you love surf fishing, or would like to learn more about this awesome sport, you should consider attending one of our Surf Fishing Work Shops. For more on this, go online to anglersforconservation.org.

Indian River Lagoon Fishing Forecast

Over the past thirty-five years I’ve found that April has been the month when we most often see a noticeable upswing in the number of Spanish and king mackerel, jack crevalle and tarpon moving though in 10-60 feet of water. This area, anywhere from the beach out to four-to-six miles, is referred to as ‘inshore waters’.

Cobia, tripletail, and sharks should be holding inshore in the vicinity of manta rays, turtles, bait pods, weed lines and flotsam. These pelagic gamesters prefer water temperatures above 68 degrees.

If ocean temperatures rise into the mid-seventies, keep an eye out for snook holding within fifty feet of the beach on higher tides. Whiting, pompano, sheepshead and drum activity will be best if water temperatures are lower.

If you have any outdoor questions, please write Captain Rodney Smith via e-mail at irlcoast@gmail.com.

X