Thursday, April 26, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Kingfish, mackerel, gag grouper are plentiful

What's hot: Kingfish have been found at all depths this week. Anglers are enjoying one of the best spring mackerel runs in five years. An abundance of gag grouper has been found in all depths. Kingfish are settling over many of the same reefs grouper inhabit.

Wreck fishing: Amberjack near many wrecks in 80 feet have been surprisingly slower than normal. The springs and wrecks in deeper water are more productive. Hopefully, the new month brings more populations to shallower wrecks. Sometimes a simple change in weather or even a different moon phase prompts new migrations.

Cobia are due to arrive any day. Anglers fishing south of Egmont already have felt their presence on many offshore wrecks. Only scattered reports have filtered into our area, but that could change soon because cobia are always on the move during the spring, especially April. Most fish are large females. Scattered reports of sailfish have been coming in from many areas in 30-60 feet.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

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