The past few weeks anglers have been catching some nice kingfish. Cold fronts have been somewhat mild, which have allowed anglers to get out more often. The winds from these systems are often called "backdoor fronts" since they come from a more northeasterly direction. The coastline buffers the sea conditions for at least 3 miles. This is where much of the recent action has taken place since many smaller boats get in on the action. Locating seabirds often can reward anglers with great king action. The smaller birds (terns) are usually working small baitfish. These small baitfish also are being eaten by blue runners and Spanish mackerel. These two types of pelagic fish are often considered "kingfish candy." They're exactly what big kingfish are looking for when hungry. It's simply our food chain in the gulf working in full circle. Even some of the big kings occasionally get devoured by large sharks. All this activity in one small area can be attributed to finding a few small terns working at the water's surface.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.