Kayak Fishing Forecast: April 2013

benton-jackSpring is here and with it comes big trout and big winds. Don’t let that strop you from still getting that good top water bite. I am having success throwing the mirrOlure she dog early and late in the days. Its high frequency rattles really give the trout something to key in on in the rougher water. Walk the dog with a fast retrieve and get ready for action. Getting under that rough water works well too, Mirrodines have been handling the job. Change up the speeds of your retrieves until you find what’s working best for you. Keep to natural colors in the cleaner water. Slow bumps with soft plastics across the bottom have been money on reds and flounders at creek mouths on out going tides. I am throwing the saltwater assassin 4” sea shads on a No Slack Tackle jig head.

Not to miss this month is the IFA Kayak Tour in Empire, LA. April 20-21. IFA kayak tour is a catch, photo, and release tournament based on length of a 2 fish aggregate (Speckle trout and red). On April 27-28 the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Associations 7th annual spring tournament will be held in Pensacola, FL. This is and inshore/offshore kayak fishing tournament is a blast just to participate in.

Remember while fishing from a kayak to always think safety. We are low to the water and not always easily seen. Keep a 360 degree light on at dark and low light conditions, wear a PFD, keep hydrated, and let someone know your float plan.

Benton Parrott
Hobie Regional Team / Everything Kayak Pro Staff Fishing Guide