What's hot: Kingfish have continued to provide widespread action. Last week, we caught a few on the "drop" in 18-22 feet out of Blind Pass. We got some others in the Egmont Ships Channel, mostly around Markers 3 and 4. But the largest ones we caught were on the Clearwater hard bottom in 20-24 feet off Sand Key.
Bait: It has been as diversified as our hunting grounds. We did best in Clearwater trolling live shad. Off Blind Pass, kingfish preferred large greenbacks, and the blue runners were able to jiggle up on gold hook rigs right on site. In the channel, blue runners worked, but the cigar minnows worked better. They were readily available by jiggling near the cans and are why kingfish and mackerel were there.
Tip: Conditions are going to change some this week. Forecasters are predicting harsh boating weather, but look for action to heat back up when the weather settles. Some of my most memorable kingfish trips were on Thanksgiving and the couple of weeks following it.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.