Offshore fishing in April is when we see a big change in fishing conditions. The south wind starts to pick up, which pushes warmer water from the south our way. With this push comes the sargassum or sea weed. Sargassum is where the food chain begins, so when it starts to form weedlines or large pods offshore, there is sure to be some good fishing .
An excellent species to target around the sargassum is the cobia, also called ling or lemonfish. These fish, which tend to be found in groups this time of year, can be located around all types of structure. Ling can be very curious, so if you pull up to weedline, large pod of sargassum or even an oil rig, do not be surprised if a few ling come check you out. They can also be very reluctant to take dead bait, so have some live bait ready to throw at them.
Looking back at last years April fishing report, there were numerous ling near shore of Port Aransas. When I say near shore, I mean caught off the jetties. Some boats reported seeing dozens around the nearby rigs, although a lot are undersized, they are excellent fighters and there are plenty of keepers in the mix. As always, stop and check anything floating on the surface to see what may be lurking below.
These new currents will also create rips which can stack up the sargassum which are very productive to troll for dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) and wahoo. It is worth a look if there is a good rip starting around the rigs about 26 miles and further. Ballyhoo with a skirt and diving plugs are excellent baits to pull in your spread.
You can still expect to see some kingfish around the rocks, and the bite will become better and more consistent as the water warms up. If you are in some deeper water, the amberjack bite will continue at the rigs and wrecks.
If you are heading offshore, always remember to double check the weather forecast and give someone your float plan.
Get Hooked Up!
Texas Charter Fleet