Fishing along the waters of Florida’s Adventure Coast is fantastic. For anglers, everything comes together in April with water temperature, bait migration and game fish migration.
Starting with the inshore report, red fish and snook are holding on mangrove points and islands. Target them on a good moving tide with live green backs as the best bait to get a hot bite going fast.
Trout are mixed in with the reds and snook as well, but the majority are holding on the flats in two to six feet of water. Use live green backs for the trout catch as well.
Now is cobia time; this is the month for monster cobia to start showing their faces on the shallow flats and nearshore wrecks. My favorite way to target cobia is to sight fish them off sting rays in the shallow water. A medium heavy rod rigged with a 40-size reel and 30-pound power pro line works great for fish up to the 30-pound range. But, if you come across a big girl, you will want a heavy action rod with a fast tip and 60-size reel with 50-pound braided line. Now cobia are not shy of just about any bait you present to them. I rig a 1/4-ounce jig head and a white or root beer-colored soft plastic on my medium heavy rod and on my heavy rod, I rig up a 4/0 circle hook with a pin fish or green back for bait.
Keep your eyes open and rods rigged and ready to go when you come across cobia!