Crystal River Fishing Forecast – April 2016

04/01/2016 11:39 PM | Anonymous

Spring Patterns Emerging in The Big Bend
By Captain Marrio Castello

Late winter feels more like early spring here in The Big Bend with water temps already in the 70’s.  Springtime patterns are already happening along with a few wintertime patterns as well.  This makes for great mixed bag fishing. SHEEPHEAD ROBERT 2rs

We are now entering the end of our wintertime Sheepshead fishing offshore but it seems to still be very consistent.  We are fishing rock piles, ledges, and high relief structure from 8 to 25 feet using a 2/0 circle hook knocker rig with live shrimp.  Use as much weight as you need to hold bottom.  Sheepshead are ranging from 4 to 8 pounds.  

Trout are showing up on the emerging grass flats from 3 to 5 feet of water.  Mirrolure Lil Jon in the darker colors under a popping cork seem to do very well.  Change out colors regularly to find out which ones work best at that time.  

Redfish are a year around target but they are beginning to show up around the outside islands and oyster bars.  We are using live shrimp freelined on a 2/0 circle hook with great success.  

Snook are also beginning to show up around the same bars and shorelines as the redfish.  When we specifically target Snook instead of Redfish we are using a DOA Cal shad tail on a 1/8 oz jig.   

Tall Tales Charters
Captain Marrio Castello
352-454-7719
http://www.talltaleschartersfl.com


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