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Captain's Corner: Kingfish remain hot

What's hot: You would almost think that this is early May, not early June, as far as kingfish are concerned. They continue to be caught by anglers from markers 9 and 10 all the way west to the Whistler. Spanish sardines, hardtails and blue runners are concentrated along the chains that hold the buoys in place. Normally at this time of year the kingfish have left and barracuda, bonita and Spanish mackerel are the predators to careless baitfish. Usually, we target the kingfish by using No. 1 and No. 2 planers, because the kings are feeding on baitfish suspended in the water column. Blue and gold are the choice for the spoons.

Warming water and an abundance of baitfish in 70 to 90 feet have caused us to abandon 40 to 60 feet. Deeper water has produced red and gag grouper, mangrove snapper, Lane snapper and red snapper. With little tidal movement and light winds, drifting slowly over swiss cheese bottom has been successful, utilizing butterflied squirrelfish, pinfish and large curly tailed jigs as bait.

Tip: Deploy a flatline while bottom fishing. With this late-season kingfish bite occurring, it is not unusual to catch several on one spot while anchored.

Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 397-8815



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Captain's Corner: Kingfish remain hot 06/09/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 6:01pm]
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