April provides great angling opportunities in Tampa Bay. Typically, snook are blasting everything in sight this time of year. With the flood tides of the next full moon, we should experience the first big push of mackerel and other pelagic species.
What's hot: Snook stories continue to dominate the chatter at bait shops. The fish are still hungry from winter and will cooperate more now than any other time of year. Large groups are feeding actively, providing mind-blowing fishing trips.
Tip: Snook are smart. It sometimes seems that their sole purpose on earth is to frustrate a human.
To even the score, use the lightest leader material possible for the conditions. Twenty-pound leader material produces more strikes, but requires frequent retying.
Snook have abrasive lips that fray lines quickly.
What's next: Spanish mackerel are starting to appear at their typical hangouts. The numbers and sizes of fish continue to increase as we progress toward the next full moon.
Look for cobia to show up on the flats and range markers. They like to cruise right on top of the large southern stingrays in search of food.
In this situation, they are an easy target for anglers.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at snookfish.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 310-6531.