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Captain's Corner: Inshore anglers getting a taste of kingfish

Kingfish are providing an offshore experience for inshore anglers. Large boats, long runs and heavy tackle aren't necessary to achieve that big-game feel. Most seaworthy craft capable of running through a light chop can get you to the fish. For tackle, 20-pound conventional-style outfits have been the standard for years and are favored by most competitive teams. Lighter inshore spinning rods in the 10-pound class that see most duty catching redfish or snook are fine for the average angler offshore seeking kingfish. The one constant for any rod-and-reel combo is it must have a smooth drag. Kingfish hot spots are no secret. Most are common knowledge and have published coordinates that can be researched. If you're just getting started, artificial reefs are a good place to begin. Most are holding schoolie-sized kingfish that are a perfect match for the lighter inshore gear. While you will rarely find a tournament winner at an artificial reef, you will find plenty of fun. What these smaller 8- to 12-pound fish lack in size they make up for in abundant numbers.

Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at and (727) 510-1009.

Captain's Corner: Inshore anglers getting a taste of kingfish 04/21/16 [Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:56pm]
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