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Fishing Forecast for April in Clearwater and Dunedin Fl

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Capt. Gary

Fishing Forecast 2014 for Clearwater and Dunedin Fl.

The weather in April has finally come around and the fishing has been excellent and should continue in the Clearwater and Dunedin areas.

The water temperature has reached above 70 degrees in the bays and the bait is showing up everywhere on the grass flats just inside the passes. All of this is pointing to a great opportunity for some outstanding fishing in the upcoming month of April.

This amazing situation sets up a month long fishing frenzy. All of the inshore and bay waters of Clearwater are inundated with our fishy visitors looking to wreak havoc on the bait and any fisherman’s line. Snook, redfish, trout, mackerel, ladyfish, pompano and early tarpon are just a few of the welcomed species. The fish will eat anything they can find, such as, white bait, pin fish and lots of shrimp. Any type or color of artificial bait will work as well. The 1/8 oz. jig head with 3 to 4 inch jerk baits seemed to work the best for trout and reds.

Dig out your rods and reels from their winter storage and give them a once over because Spring Time fishing is here and this is no April Fools joke. If you need some maintaince, repairs or new line on the reels, drop them off at Barracuda Bob’s on Dunedin Causeway and they will get them in fishing shape.

The last week of March, I have been targeting redfish and trout. The reds are still schooling in the back bays around the same general locations. They are constantly moving from day to day and are still very spooky, only feeding when the tide is rising. We had some good catches during the warm spells of March using live shrimp and targeting close to the mangroves and oyster beds. The bite will get a lot better in April as the reds become more aggressive on the incoming and out going tides. Bring out the artificials, both top water and jig heads, they will do the job as well.
Snook will be dependent on how warm the first part of April is. If its warm, they will make an early April appearance. If its cold, they will make a move later in the Month. Either way, spring time is a great time to target snook. They come out of their winter haunts and head to the beaches. The snook will be feeding on just about anything such as, white baits, pin fish and shrimp to name a few. Look for them to show up around the passes of Clearwater, Dunedin and Anclote. Search near the shore lines of the passes and also inside the passes. Once you find the linesiders, set up so you can toss your baits out in front of them and let the current sweep the bait past them. This is the most natural presentation and should draw a strike.

License Requirements: Snook permit and recreational fishing license.

Gulf of Mexico Region: CLOSED Dec. 1-end of February; May 1-Aug. 31

OPEN, March 1st - April 30th; Sept. 1st - November 30th. 
Size: Not less than 28" total length (TL) or more than 33" TL, 1 per harvester per day

Sharpen up your hooks, bring out the cast nets and dust the cob webs off the equipment, spring fishing is about to get under way, don’t get left behind.

Capt. Gary Burch owns and operates All Catch Charters and specializes in live baits and artificials. He guides inshore, flats and backcountry from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. To reach Capt. Gary for a charter, please call
727 458-6335 or visit his website:

Capt. Gary

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