What's hot: Kingfish have arrived right on their spring schedule. We started our day at channel markers 5 and 6 and struggled to get a few baits. Then we moved offshore to channel markers 3 and 4, where we found all the bait we needed.
The kings fed constantly for more than two hours, and despite being schoolies, they put on a great show with numerous skyrocket strikes on slow-trolled baits. Live Spanish sardines were the bait of choice. We used gold hook rigs to get bait.
After multiple hookups and fast action, we moved offshore to a shipwreck. We slow-trolled the wreck to see if amberjack were in the area, and just when it looked bleak, we hooked a keeper.
Tactics: We jugged the wreck and anchored our boat uptide of it. Using live blue runners caught at Egmont channel markers 3 and 4, we had fair action. The bite was slow, but we managed to land two keeper jacks with half a dozen misses and breakoffs. We started with 60-pound tackle and dropped to 50- and 40-pound class tackle to increase the bite.
Forecast: Look for a great spring kingfish run. Large schools of baits are migrating north with kingfish in and around them.
Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters out of John's Pass in Treasure Island and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 709-9396 .