Kingfish continue to produce action along our coast. Grouper and blackfin tuna action also has been good. The kingfish migration is in full swing. We have been catching kings up and down the Egmont Channel markers. The Skyway, local piers and just about any structure are holding fish. The winning fish in last weekend's kingfish tournament was caught inside Egmont Key. Remember: Large baits catch big fish. Two-pound blue runners, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish are some of our favorite baits.
Grouper fishing is good in 45 feet out to 130 feet. The bigger grouper have been caught in deeper water. Start with frozen sardines and transition to live baits. Keep some dead bait on the bottom to keep the small fish feeding. Blackfin tuna are harder to find, but chum and chunking will produce good catches. Set up over structure and deploy flat lines with live Spanish sardines. Start your chum line and then cut small pieces of frozen fish. The more you chum, the better your chances of attracting some blackfin. The conditions are right for tuna chumming. Ninety feet and deeper depths will produce your best results.
Tactics: If you are fishing for tournament-size kings, fish close to the shore near inlets and structure. Use the biggest live baits you can find.
Larry "Huffy'' Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 709-9396.