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April Fishing Report

Story/Photos By Captain Chris Cameron

April Fishing Report
Here we are in April already. This is normally that in between month of the banner cobia run, March and the normal mahi run of May. But, as you can tell, times are changing and we honestly have no clue what the month is going to bring. It’s true. Writing this report, a month prior and predicting based on history is tough. If it goes anything like last year, Cobia came and went one or 2 nights while we slept or during the 15 days it blew, lol. Then suddenly the boards were getting brought down by record numbers of mahi. Crazy! Last year was one of the best runs we had and it was almost a month early.

Predictions from many great captains in the port are seeing the same conditions shaping up like last year. We had a warm winter and the migration is hopefully sooner than later due to water temps being high already. Hopefully you were able to kill a few brown ones and now getting ready to kill a couple green ones. You will start finding bunker schools more consistently as well, start looking back in the port by the cruise ships and all the way down towards the steeple. Definitely look around for the fleet as they will normally be on them right away.  In the meantime, Get on the kings. They have been on all the local reefs, if you have the live bait, use it, if not pull some minnows with a king buster on it. Use the standard king stinger rig.  While fishing on the reefs try dropping the chicken rigs down, we have had some banner days of bee liners and porgies and triggers. It has been doing very well and sometimes the saving grace of the day. Chicken rigging is basically two hooks on the line with some tipped squid or cut bait. Its very fun fishing because you never know what you’re going to get. Especially for the kids!

If you have some AJ spots they are around! Live bait has been working the best but jigs will still manage a few just fine.  Pretty much every wreck has been holding. But beware, the rare endangered sand bar shark will eat most of your catch. You honestly can’t keep those things away right now. They are about as rare as the red snapper. Grouper bite has been decent. Season opens May 1st.  Hope you all have a great month and get to put some meat in the freezer.
This report has been brought to you by Captain Chris Cameron of Fired Up Sport Fishing Charters, your premier fishing guide charter of shark fishing Cocoa Beach, offshore fishing Port Canaveral, near shore fishing Cape Canaveral, Orlando charter fishing. 

Capt. Chris Cameron                   
726 Scallop Drive, Cape Canaveral FL 32920

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