What's hot: This week we caught king mackerel at markers 5 and 6 in the Egmont shipping channel and off the Clearwater hard bottom to the north. Other spots for kings: off the Blinds Pass "drop" in 20 feet of water, a mile south off St. Pete Beach in the same depth and the 26-foot hard bottom about 5 miles outside Blinds Pass Land-based anglers have caught kings at both Skyway piers and in Redington.
Techniques: We've been primarily slow trolling with a variety of live baits. Most often we've used whitebait, greenbacks, cigar minnows, blue runners and ladyfish. During the strong tides of this moon phase, anchoring and chumming can be an effective alternative.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.