The kingfish run is starting to move into our area. You can locate schools using the Internet. Find sites that have sea surface temperatures for the gulf. Look for areas with a water temperature of 72 degrees, the prime temperature for kingfish. The migration is moving from lower Florida to the north. The first areas to target are Naples and Boca Grande. You can also Google fish reports from those areas to see if kings have made it that far north. Look for areas that have 72 degrees surrounded by cooler water. When the wind is out of the east, look for areas that have 72 degrees close to the beach. When the wind is out of the west, move farther offshore. You can find kings faster by trolling spoons. When you locate them, switch to slow-trolled live bait. The best baits are the schooled baits found in the area where you caught kingfish on spoons. For inshore fishing, look for snook to be on the east side of Tampa Bay. The east side has the rivers that held snook during the winter. They're now moving out of the rivers and can be found inside and outside of the mouth of the rivers.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.