Many anglers will attempt to prove their fishing prowess today as one of the largest fishing tournaments for king mackerel gets under way: King of the Beach. With recent good weather conditions, I'm sure there will be thousands of anglers entered. Recent tournaments in the area have produced a couple of kings over the 65-pound mark. While those fish are exceptional in size, most often it only takes a king in the 30- to 40-pound range to win. There has been an abundance of bait on the beach, which should attract some kingfish close to shore. But those winning fish were found miles offshore. A study years ago found that kings can travel as much as 35 miles in a day. With that knowledge, knowing where they were yesterday might not help today. Finding an active school of baitfish could be helpful in finding kings. A large school of bait will attract and keep the average school of kings. But larger kings are loners, most of the time they don't hang around with the pack.
Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit captainlarryblue.com.