April 2018 Light Tackle Fishing Report
April becomes a time of plenty in Key West for the light tackle reef & wreck angler! The waters on the reef verses further offshore remain quite comfortable most days. This continues to be a good time for the angler with concerns about rough sea conditions to head out to the nearer shore wreck sites as well. Our captains daily have several productive fishing grounds located between the Atlantic and the Gulf so keeping the angler comfortable is no problem. The reef & wrecks are always a better trip with a half day charter in mind based upon the much shorter and quicker travel times between marina and fishing grounds maximizing your actual "lines in the water" time verses heading well offshore.
Mangrove and Mutton Snapper are in high gear becoming more aggressive, providing fast paced action and some quality table fare fish. Yellow Tail Snapper (a local favorite) are providing some non stop action with anglers easily taking their limit as well. Large Cobia continue to cruise in "wolf packs" of three to five fish on the reef and more isolated ship wreck sites feeding aggressively. We have taken several large Cobia of late to 50 pounds plus. Amberjack are red hot, going head to head with a large AJ is a memorable experience for any angler. The Grouper bite remains very good entering the "excellent" ranger during April. However, we may not harvest Grouper as our season closed January 1 until May 1. Our elusive Permit is improving as we enter April. Always challenging, the Permit is a sought after sport fish and prized by anglers from around the planet. April will bring the angler a solid chance for success on the reef and wrecks for this sought after trophy.
April typically allows the angler to continue enjoying some of the more appreciated pelagic species such as Black Fin Tuna action when using live bait free lining nearer the reef.
The ever present predators never take time off but the Barracuda bite will be strong and the shark fishing explodes. For the "adrenaline junkies" looking for huge sharks, now's the time. Bull Sharks and the occasional Hammerhead are on the prowl. These apex predators provide the ultimate battle for the angler looking for a challenge and the population of these appreciated sharks will continue to grow significantly as newly arriving sharks following the Tarpon migration settle into our local waters for the next few months!
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!