April should bring more consistent weather patterns as the March temps have been all over the map and the fishing has been as well. With the cold fronts brought high winds, high water levels and low water temps in the lagoon while between the fronts the water warmed up and the fish were active. The fronts also brought in some clean water despite the heavy seas.
April can be a great month to fish the beach as the Cobia, Jack Crevalle, tarpon and sharks will be around in good numbers. Live mullet, greenies and pogies will work well but theres nothing like a big jack or a blacktip shark exploding on a topwater or subsurface bait along the beach. Rapala XRap 14 with the inline single hooks are great baits to throw this time of year. The fish will be easy to find as they will be up on the surface getting the sun and the sharks will be feeding on the bait pods as well as the Mackerel, jacks and Bluefish that school up along the beaches from Sebastian to Melbourne.
The Cobia will be following the Manta Rays or on the reefs nearshore on the bait pods. Rapala XRap 14 Shallow and Hogy Eels are both great artificial baits to throw at the cobia following the Rays. If they are on structure, use bucktail jigs, Hogy Eels or live bait to get them to eat.
The jacks and sharks will also be plentiful in the Sebastian River, Turkey Creek in Palm Bay and Crane Creek and Ballard Park in Melbourne. In the creeks I like to use live baits for the sharks. Mullet is your best bet. If I am fishing for jacks, trout and ladyfish I like to fish Rapala Twitching Mullet and Twitching Minnow as well as Storm GT360 Paddle tail baits. You can also find some good numbers of tarpon in the creeks during early in the moring and you could pick apart the shorelines and docks for snook.
In the lagoon from Palm Bay to Sebastian anglers can focus on the deeper mangrove shorelines and docks as well as the spoil islandsfor snook, trout, redfish jacks and flounder. I like to fish the Rapala Skitterwalk early mornings for the topwater bite then move to subsurface baits and soft plastics as the sun comes up. Fish the edges of the bait pods along the mangrove shorelines for the same species.
The inlet bite can be great but the big jack crevalle will station themselves in the inlet’s swift current looking for a meal to float by. Live pigfish or pinfish are the best bait most days. I also have consistent success with big Storm GT360 Paddle tail baits rigged on heavy jigheads. Looking for the warmer weather to get more bait around the inlet and get the redfish and snook more active during the daytime.