Kingfish remain one of our daily targets. Water temperatures and vast quantities of bait that have arrived offshore are the key ingredients for the extended time they've remained off our coast. The most consistent area we have targeted has been the shipping channel from Markers 5 and 6 westward. Spanish sardines, hardtails and blue runners concentrate near the markers and can be seen on the surface or as a cloud on the bottom machine when they're not visible. Baitfish, like their predators, have fins and tails and move from refuge to refuge. If the baitfish are not present at the first set of markers where we start, we don't waste time trolling live bait or hardware. We move to another set until we find one holding bait. An often overlooked kingfish spot is the natural gas pipeline that runs about a mile south of the shipping channel. There are several large rock piles on and near the pipeline that often hold bait and fish. Bottom fishing for red grouper, mangrove snapper ,white grunts and sea bass has been excellent in 60-foot depths.
Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.