© St. Petersburg Times, published April 14, 2002
April has brought an endless bounty of fish to our area. Amberjack, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, blackfin tuna, cobia, barracuda, goliath grouper, bonito and giant jack crevalle were available during recent offshore trips.
Spring sailfish also are starting to trickle in directly behind all the flying fish that have migrated our way from the deep gulf.
Inshore waters are producing huge redfish, gator trout, cobia, kings and Spanish macks. Redington Pier anglers were pleasantly surprised when their outlines enticed a few early season tarpon to strike.
Schools of threadfin herring are blanketing the beaches providing a great food source. All this action will increase as the month progresses.
Water temperatures in the 70s have done it again for all anglers. Charter boat captains look like heros to their clients since they can't make a wrong move.
This is the time for all frustrated novice anglers to give this great sport another shot no matter how many times they have come home empty-handed. A guaranteed hookup is inevitable during these magical times.
The bottom line is you just don't know what you are going to catch during this month, you just know you will catch!
-- Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 595-3276, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.