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Key West Offshore Fishing Forecast

Key West Offshore Fishing Forecast

April 2011

Capt Chuck Butler

Charter SeaClusion

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April is one of the best months for fishing in Key West. The sail-fishing is outstanding as evidenced by the tremendous catches racked up in the World Sailfish Tournament over the last several years. This tournament has grown to the premiere Sailfish tournament in the world because the sail-fishing in Key West in April is that good. Live baits drifted on the color change are preferred, but a well rigged Ballyhoo swimming naked on light fluorocarbon leader will raise fish too . Teasers work well and there is no end of different methods from simple squid chains and strip teasers to dredges that take half a day to rig.

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But , sail-fishing is not the only hot fishing going on . In the last half of April the really big slammer Dolphin will start migrating through Key West waters heading west. Find birds working west and troll in front of them for shots on thirty and forty pound Dolphin. Larger Dolphin will be caught but fishing all day can expect to land one in the thirty to forty pond range. This is not when you leave one in the water to keep the school close. You get shots while landing a fish but these fish are heading west in groups of three to four fish. With the strong east current just land one and try to get back to the birds. Some of the best fish of the year will be caught this month and next. I like trolling blue and white skirted Ballyhoo because the imitate flying fish however Dolphin are well known for eating anything. I live bait will coax a big bull when he is already stuffed .

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And if that is not enough Tarpon will be invading the harbor in huge numbers and on the Full Moon some of the snappers will start to spawn. All in all some of the best fishing of the year is coming this month. So get out and enjoy the action and take your kids too they will remember these catches for a lifetime..

 

 

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