Now that spring is here, it is time to get prepared for what could be an amazing spring fishing season. With the right preparation, and presentation, some really nice fish can be caught along Florida’s east coast. During this time of year, the air and water temperatures will begin rising which can trigger some spectacular catching while enjoying a day on the water.
When fishing in the early morning hours, small top water lures that mimic small baitfish will produce plenty of action throughout our region. Game fish such as redfish, trout, and snook will eagerly strike at noisy lures when fished near small schools of mullet. Live bait fisherman should not feel left out. Now is also a great time to free line a pinfish or finger mullet. Fishing live bait near schools of countless baitfish can produce a memory on the water that will last a lifetime. This is especially true when fishing along the flats near channel drop offs or sandy potholes. When targeting fish anglers can increase their chances of bringing a trout or redfish to the boat by practicing a stealth like approach. This can be done by making long accurate casts to a targeted area. In order to do this I suggest using a 7 foot medium action spinning reel combo that is equipped with 15 pound test braided line and mono leader. This combination allows anglers the opportunity to cast a lure and present it as natural as possible.
For those of the anglers who want to get back to basics, now it’s a great time to break out the canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and visit the “No Motor Zone”. The NMZ is a 10,600 acre body of water that is strictly for those anglers who enjoy fishing on boats without a motor. The NMZ which is known for some of its trophies sized fish can be easily accessible from KARS Park. KARS Park is located in the northern end of the Banana River off of State Road 3. The park is family-friendly and is it a good place to enjoy the great outdoors. When planning a fishing trip in this area, one should plan on taking plenty of water and supplies for a successful day on the water. Fishing in this region is best during the first few hours of the day as well as midday. Typically this time of year anglers can expect to catch plenty of slot sized red’s as well as spotted Seatrout measuring up to 24 inches in length.
Submitted By: Capt. Keith Mixon
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