Monday, January 17, 2022

Fishing Forecast for April


Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps | Redfish caught on a Capt. Rapps Charter.

The end of March brings us quickly into April and with this new month we can see a definitive rise in the temperature. This rise will cause the water temperatures to again reach around the high 70s.

During this month, spotted sea trout and pompano are popular and can be found out in the flats where you see grass on one side of your boat and sand on the other. The trout will be hanging around in approximately five feet of grass and the pompano will be around the same depth, however, they will most likely be in the sandy area. Flashy buck tail jigs tipped with fresh shrimp will be ideal for catching these fish.

Tarpon are also beginning to appear on the flats areas. Thread herring, pilchards, ladyfish, and crabs are what keep them coming and these are what they can be seen feeding off of. A stout rod with your choice of bait are good for fishing for silver king, and a circle hook will work best and can work its way into position for a more solid hookup.

After a great day fishing, this pair shows off a nice speckled sea trout.

Snook are also around and can be found most often near the river mouths of the Gulf and around the outside island. Live bait such as pilchards and thread herring are the best to use for snook. You can also fish around the mangrove shorelines for snook where you can see the water moving.

No matter which fish you decide to go for in April, there will be no shortage. With temperatures reaching into the eighties with more moderate water temperatures hovering in the seventies, there are plenty of locations you can visit to find the fish of your choice. Just make sure you have all the proper gear and the right kind of bait and you are on your way to catching many fish in the 10,000 Islands during the warm month of April.

If you have questions or are interested in booking a chartered fishing tour in the 10,000 Islands area, be sure to contact me at or call Lisa at our office at 239-571-1756. Our team of captains love everything that the South Florida waters have to offer and truly enjoy sharing our passion with others. We look forward from seeing you out on the water this April!

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at, or call 239-571-1756.

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