Strong east winds have made it challenging for offshore anglers. The first few miles are quite tolerable since the land buffers the shoreline. After that, sea conditions have been tougher. Anglers searching for kingfish have been rewarded with calm seas closer to the beaches. This east wind is like a magnet, drawing baitfish directly to the beaches and Tampa Bay waters. Where there is an abundance of bait, there will be an abundance of kingfish. Reports have been coming in from numerous places, but south of Johnís Pass has been the most productive. Even the fishing piers have been catching some large kings. It simply is a great time to go fishing for kings since you donít need a big boat when targeting them close to shore. The main ingredient for a successful day is to locate the bait.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.