Kayak Forecast: April 2022

INSHORE: Spring is in full swing. Glass minnows will be the bait to match the hatch this month. Artificial baits like D.O.A. C.A.L. Shad Tails, jerk bait and TerrorEyz will work well around the mangroves, docks and bridges. Try fishing dock lights and bridges around Lake Boca at night for some snook action. Make sure to wear a head lamp and have a 360-degree light on your kayak. Pompano are still around in our northern areas like the Jupiter and St. Lucie inlets. Goofy jigs, D.O.A. Shrimp and sand fleas are great options to work around the channel edges.

Best friend sailfish double up.
Best friend sailfish double up. PHOTO CREDIT: Brian Nelli.

OFFSHORE: April will start to bring bigger pushes of blackfin tuna to the area. Vertical jigging 200-to-350 feet will produce 5-to-10 pounders on average. Don’t overlook trolling plugs like Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows to pick up a few tuna as well. Daina Beach and Pompano Pier are great places to launch the kayak to reach these depths. These launches allow you to reach the fishing grounds within one-to-two miles of shore. Sailfish, mahi, kings and wahoo are also on the menu this time of year. Slow trolling goggle eyes and blue runners will give you the best shot at a hook up. Finally don’t forget about the cobia. Bouncing the reef with a sardine tipped bucktail or a D.O.A. Swimming Mullet will put you in line for one of these tasty fish.

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FORECAST BY: Brian Nelli