By Capt. Weston Russell, Contributing Writer
Hello and welcome to the April fishing report. Expect epic fishing this month. Monster kingfish will invade the reef off Juno Beach. Fish in the 40lb. class will be landed with some over 60lbs. Live baiting or down rigger trolling will be the method of choice. #7 wire is a must and having a stinger hook would be wise. Get the fish to the boat fast due to bull sharks in the area. There will be some stud wahoo mixed in with the kings. Wahoo for some reason, hang with kings similar in size. Maybe for easy hunting.
If you’re looking for dolphin fish, head offshore to the second weed line. The northern migration of dollies will begin, and April is known for hooking big dolphin. A long gaff is a must because dolphin can be afraid of the boat. Most take that last run when 8 ft from the boat. Having an 8ft gaff will stop them in their tracks. We use BBW Gaffs in our outfit. They’re the best money can buy.
For the inshore anglers, Palm Beach Inlet will be covered with tarpon. Drifting a live sardine or a jumbo shrimp will get it done. Be ready and leave the motors running, you will have to chase your fish the minute you get hooked up. There’s traffic in this inlet and you need to be on top of your fish. Also swimming in the shallows will be jacks, cudas and permit. Tight lines & good luck!
Captain Weston Russell
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