Fishing Report April 30, 2014

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   Knowing April 15 was the full moon, maybe you’ve looked at your tide chart and you too are excited to see what’s in store this week. The afternoon outgoing tides should produce some of the best backwater fishing we’re going to see this spring.

   Snook fishing should prove prosperous this week. Try using live shiners in your favorite snook spots and see what happens. I favor outgoing tides for snook, especially in April. Now is the time to target your all-time biggest snook.

   Spotted seatrout will be turning on this week. Look for areas when the outgoing tide is dumping off shallow flats into deeper water. Trout use these areas as ambush points to prey on small baitfish and shrimp that are being flushed by the tide’s current.

   Finally, utilize the start of the outgoing tides when the water is at the highest point to find redfish around mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. This high water enables anglers to get to areas that are usually difficult to reach by boat. If you’re lucky, you may find schooling reds, which can result in some sizzling light-tackle action and maybe a blackened redfish for dinner.