Normally this time of year, kingfish are long gone from our area to avoid cold water temperatures. But great catches were reported this past week, some weighing 40 pounds. Water temperatures teetering in the low 70s seem to be the big reason why. This month truly has the feel of October and November fishing. A cold front hitting this weekend will hamper this activity, so today would be the day to go fishing before things change. This week, some local piers produced decent kingfish, along with numerous boaters working bait schools a few miles west of our shoreline. Keep your eyes open for tripletail. Some have been seen loitering around crab trap buoys along the beaches. The buoys seem to mesmerize tripletail, making them float motionless, directly under the buoy. It also makes them easy marks for prepared anglers. Small jigs and little minnows are effective, but live shrimp are hard to beat, tossing this free-lined presentation directly in front of their snout. When the shrimp twitches its tail, the tripletail will awaken and leave its floating companion to attack.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.