Kingfish: We are catching kingfish at many different depths. The most popular spots have been about 10 miles from shore. Artificial reefs are a great place to start. Keep your eyes on the surface and on the sonar machine for bait schools. Once you've found the bait, the kings will be nearby. Finding bait schools has been the most important element of success.
Water temps: The water temperatures are rising closer to shore faster than they are offshore. This is why there is so much action from the 10-mile mark inward. After a week or so of warm weather, deeper water will produce kings.
New arrivals: Every day brings new arrivals of fish to many locations, so be prepared for it all. Giant permit, cobias, sharks, blackfin tuna and amberjacks are just a few of the arrivals found in the past week. The hope is warmer weather will bring more red grouper to our 70- and 80-foot depths. Water temps in the upper 70s should draw better numbers to us in the next few weeks.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.