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Captain's Corner: Kingfish action heats up, but cooler water would help

Kingfish are a hot topic with local tournaments coming soon. The past few days produced a few kingfish, mostly around artificial reefs. These locations are plentiful off our coastline, thanks to a program in place for decades. Reports are scattered and not consistent, since water temperatures are not ideal. For every kingfish we catch, we reel in at least five barracuda. They're common in warmer water and won't leave the artificial reefs until temperatures drop into lower 70s. Reefs about 10 miles out can provide lots of action. Abundant bait is showing up offshore. We've been jigging up large threadfin herrings about 3 miles from shore. A bit further offshore, numerous terns work the surface, a sign that Spanish mackerel and bonito are feeding on glass minnows; sometimes large schools of redfish do, too.

Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit

Captain's Corner: Kingfish action heats up, but cooler water would help 09/30/16 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2016 7:14pm]
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