Capt. Jamie Glasner
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Inshore Fishing Report: April 2012
Capt. Jamie Glasner
The fishing this past month was unreal. Let’s just hope that April will be be the same…
Now that the cobia are pretty much gone, we can start focusing on the tarpon! I know it sounds early, but they are here and there are more on the way as more pogies start showing up on our beaches.
It can’t get any better when you’re out in the ocean on a dead-calm day with 80- to 120-lb. tarpon laid up on the surface just waiting for you to pitch a bait out. You get that perfect hook set in the corner of its mouth and it takes you for a fight that will test all your angling abilities. Just remember one thing: “Bow to the King.”
A lot of good and bad things have been going on in the river; let’s start with the bad. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but in the last couple weeks here in Cocoa Beach our water and sewage treatment facility failed. As of right now, they’re still unsure as to how much of the 10 million gallons of raw sewage flowed into the Banana River. I think this is totally unacceptable. If I were you, I wouldn’t eat any fish out of the river until it is cleared. There were no reports of any fish being killed, but it sucks to know that we’re destroying our river and our backyard fishing.
To get your mind off the sewage spill, the redfish and trout bites have been exceptionally good in the north Banana River and the Indian River. With the trout spawning, this is a great time to put the kids in a lot of action. On most of my charters we’ve been catching 40 to 60 trout in a half-day trip, which is a lot of fun and non-stop action. All the trout have been caught on artificials, my favorite being the Mirrodine, made by Mirrolure. That lure always seems to produce a strike; same with your jerk baits and jigs. Most of the trout have been caught in 2 to 3 feet of water, especially on the drop-offs. The redfish, on the other hand, have been a little too stubborn for my liking; one day you have no problem catching them on artificials, and the next they’re super picky and only in the mood for bait. That’s fishing, though! The Zoom pearl-white jerk bait and the new penny jerk bait by Gulp have been pretty successful. If they won’t eat artificial, switch to the cut bait. That will always produce fish.
Well, that’s all I have for ya, so ’til next month — good luck on the water!