Saturday, May 26, 2018
Outdoors

Captains corner: Kingfish can be chummed up

What's hot: The kingfish arrived in force Wednesday. Suddenly, after sporadic catches, there were kings everywhere. Boats from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs reported action in depths from 18 to 45 feet.

Techniques: Slow-trolling with threadfins or bluerunners with 25- or 30-pound test is the norm for live-bait kingfishing. But when there is a lot of fish, anchoring and live chumming is a blast. Find the kings by slow-trolling, then anchor, deploy a block of frozen chum and throw handfuls of wounded sardines out. When the fish leap after the chummers, chum more, then spot-cast with light spinning outfits or even a fly rod. You may lose a few monsters on the light gear, but a cast or two later you will be hooked up again.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at (727) 944-3474.

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