Saturday, December 16, 2017
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Kingfish arrive early

What's hot: Reports of kingfish landings are circulating around the docks. Their early arrival is not necessarily a surprise considering the cooling water temperatures and the abundance of baitfish offshore. This is welcome news since recent years have been slow to get going. Typically the unofficial start of the fall run begins somewhere around the second week of October.

Tips: Early season kingfish spots are no secret. Historically, a few key locations seem to consistently attract fish as lay over in our area during their seasonal migration. The Clearwater hard bottom, a wreck commonly known as the Betty Rose and the Whistler Buoy always seem to generate reports of early catches.

For the kids: Avid anglers with young children don't need to leave them at home. Bring the kids and make it a learning experience. King fishing can be a team effort with kids manning the sabiki rods to keep a constant flow of baitfish coming into the live well while the more experienced anglers set the lines. When a children understand they're an integral part of the process of catching fish, they will want to keep coming back for more.

Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727)510-1009.

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