What's hot: We finally have the number of kingfish we are used to seeing in April. The outer markers of the Egmont ship's channel have been among the most productive, holding big numbers. The past week, cleaner water brought kings, mackerel and bonito. Even larger schools were at the Whistler, the end buoy of the channel. We caught dozens while slow trolling whitebait and greenbacks, castnetted at the structure "C" bridge before daylight.
Other options: Though gusty, easterly winds have allowed nearshore gulf waters to clear, large schools of baitfish have gathered within a mile of the beach, and the kings figured it out. On Saturday, we caught kings while trolling the perimeter of bait stacks, 18-20 feet off St. Pete Beach.
Upcoming: The most popular and largest kingfish event of the season, the Old Salts "King of the Beach" tournament, is Saturday. Bait and tackle shops everywhere can provide information.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 321-2142.