We could see more wild days for surf ﬁshing along the Space Coast in April. Days with strong winds and current could make it diﬃcult for most to establish a game plan to combat the conditions. Those that persist could be rewarded with a red hot blueﬁsh bite, large pompano, black drum, or blacktips.
Black drums are still mulling around from Cape Canaveral to Melbourne Beach. These ﬁsh prefer fresh shrimp and clams on the inside trough at the beginning to mid-outgoing tide.
Pompano in the XL size should continue to push into area waters at an increased rate as the water temperature correlate. Surf ﬁshing with pompano rigs on the outside bar and second should do the trick. Fresh sand ﬂeas, Fishbites, and tipped peeled shrimp work wonders.
The most reliable of species in large numbers should continue to be the blueﬁsh, ranging up to 20 inches. Use fresh chunked bait, shrimp, and live sand ﬂeas. Blueﬁsh provide a fun and acrobatic ﬁght for any angler. They also prove to be good table fare when the meat is treated properly.
Shark ﬁshing charters won’t hesitate with the blacktip spring migration underway. These sharks will also account for a percentage of your ﬁsh catches with an easy meal restricted on the line. Oftentimes look to the horizon and you can see them jumping and spinning past the breakers.
Please, not only have the required shark ﬁshing permit licenses, but practice catch and release of these integral species.