What's hot: We are moving into the start of the kingfish run. The important thing to know is where to find the fish. The best time to target the beach is when the wind blows out of the east. Bait schools tend to swim into the wind. After a few days of swimming into an east wind, the bait will end up off the beach, and the game fish will follow. The bait not being able to travel farther east will stack the beach with large numbers of fish. Kingfish, mackerel, cobia and sharks can be schooled over the hard bottom just off the beach. When the wind is out of the north or south, bait will move in that direction. With a west wind, the bait will move farther offshore. Target the 5- to 10-mile zone.
Bait: When fishing the beach, use threadfins, mullet, ladyfish and mackerel. Farther offshore, use the bait that has schooled there. Cigar minnows, sardines and blue runners are the best deep-water baits.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.