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Key West Pro Guides - Flats/BackCountry Report -April 2017
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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April Flats & Back Country Fishing Report For today's action call 866 259 4205

On the flats our water temperatures have risen vastly improving the flats action. Our prevailing early season winds can still be somewhat difficult for the fly caster some days but the population of fish now still increases the levels of success. The Bonefish action during April markedly improves. It is Tarpon time now and Permit action by mid-April is notably better and the flats angler will be getting more and more shots at our most elusive shallow water sport fish. The flats angler should continue to include Barracuda and sharks on his hit list as these cruising predators will be easily found and are typically aggressive. Understand we provide a true "flats fishing experience" and this should not be confused with the back country fishing.

In comparison the back country is a very productive trip in April for the angler looking for faster paced action verses the challenges of the flats species and therefore for most anglers remains our first recommendations for those guests looking to stay shallow this month. The overall population of fish in the back country is exploding with the Tarpon migration bringing us adult fish flooding into our back country and shallows where soon the spawning rituals will play out. The overall numbers of sport fish species, edible fish, predators, and several schooling species continue to provide super fast paced action while keeping things non technical in our approach. A perfect trip for the hard core light tackle angler to the novice angler or the family or larger groups. The back country is also a fly fishers dream come true with protection from the wind for long casts and plentiful fish which will readily pursue a fly. Tarpon time gets underway earlier in the season than the flats typically. We continue to enjoy an abundance of visible marine life, tropical birds on the Mangrove Island shorelines, mirror calm, crystal clear waters and more for the outdoors and nature lovers.

The Redfish action slows considerably in April and is about done for the season. Snook on the other hand as our shallows water temperatures and conditions rise and improve does bring them to life. This is a time overall of fast paced "excellent" action from the schools of BIG Jacks including some exceptionally larger fish going north of 25 pounds…an absolute blast on light tackle and top water! Sea Trout and Pompano are slowing considerably soon to stop so frankly fall from our attention most days as we look to pursue the more prized sport fish.

The 1/2 day to 3/4 day morning departure trips continue to produce well however the afternoon water temperatures still are not so high as to slow the later part of the day with good tides. Afternoon trips can be awesome.

Our outstanding predator fishing especially for behemoth Barracuda continues in April. Sight casting to Giant Barracuda and several species of Sharks in the shallows continues to produce. The Marquesas being remote and isolated from the nearer Key West fishing grounds are an exceptional trip for the seasoned angler looking for explosive action. Our Monster Shark charters are always awesome and continually produce multiple larger sharks even on the 1/2 day trips on the calmer days. We "highly recommend" a back country charter this time of year and especially for those guests looking for a shorter than full day trip.

Let's go Fishing! Call Key West Pro Guides today to book your charter 866 259 4205 daily 7 AM to 9 PM. We look forward to your call!

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