Spring has finally arrived, with temperatures consistently climbing into the 80s. It was just a matter of time before fish started to arrive. Kingfish are still scarce, but that could change any day. A smattering of kings has rewarded a few captains that have trolled the gulf. When kings are jumping out of the water, they are chasing baitfish. The height of a king's jump shows how deep it was in the water. Sometimes kings will jump 20 feet — called skyrocketing — which means they are hungry and feeding heavily. It's common to have multiple hookups around this action. It's also common during skyrockets to have six anglers fighting one king. It means you have located the "knot," a big school of kingfish. In the spring it can mean more than 1,000 fish are around a boat. Spring migrations are related to water temperature, with the magic number being 68 degrees. The large knots arrive in mid March.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.