Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Captain's Corner: Kingfish activity picks up

Kingfish have been available for the past week. Some great catches were reported along our coastline, some more than 40 pounds. Water temps teetering in the mid 70s seem to be our biggest lure for the kings. A cold front due to hit this weekend should hamper this activity a bit, but soon there will be new arrivals. That's how the migration of kingfish goes down in our area. It comes in waves. Watch for triple tail, a tasty and uncommon species. Some fish have been loitering around the crab trap buoys along the beaches. These floating objects seem to mesmerize the triple tail, making them easy marks for prepared anglers. For bait, small jigs and little minnows are effective, but a live shrimp is truly hard to beat. Toss this free-lined presentation directly in front of their snout and when the shrimp twitches its tail, the tripletail will awaken, leaving its floating companion to attack. When they eat the shrimp you can often hear a popping sound as they devour it. They absolutely love shrimp.

Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

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