Captain’s Corner: Fishing remains unsettled by weather

Jason Prieto is a Ruskin-based fishing guide and charter captain.
Jason Prieto is a Ruskin-based fishing guide and charter captain.
Published April 7
Updated April 9

April is here, and while fishing has been good, we have had a late run of cold fronts that has made for some weird fishing patterns and have moved fish from day to day. We went from 80-degree water at the end of February to as low as 59 in March. This has made for some crazy fishing. Snook fishing inshore remains the top producer with just about every creek full of smaller male fish and the occasional linesider mixed in. Greenbacks have been the choice of bait and are still holding good in the deeper water. Redfish remain very hit or miss but as water warms, I suspect the schooling fish will show up. The big news for April is that tarpon season starts. Itís still a little early, but expect to find the silver kings roaming the outer flats and along the bridges. Good signs of tarpon showing up are big bait pods of threadfin herring just off the beaches and bridges. Tarpon are one of my favorites, partly because they can be the catch of a lifetime.

Jason Prieto is a full-time fishing guide and can be reached at (813) 727-9890.

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