What's hot: We're coming up on a new moon, which means dark nights and daytime feedings will be plentiful in the animal world. Cool fronts are moving in, and kingfish season is upon us. When the water temperature dips with the cool fronts, it turns on the nearshore kingfish bite. These are easy fish to catch. Anchor up on local artificial reefs and chum them to you or slow-troll live baits behind your boat or fast-troll hardware (king spoons) while getting to your favorite reef. Wire leaders are a must when king fishing, especially when trolling lures and spoons; it can get expensive to have them bitten off each time a fish hits.
Techniques: While trolling live baits, you need a stinger rig that consists of a swivel, No. 27 wire, a nose hook and a treble hook. For trolling king spoons, you will need a planer, snap swivels and spoon of your choice. For trolling lures, the depth the lure dives determines if you need a planer to get it deeper.
Tips: Troll more than one rod out, putting one on top and one deep. Pay attention to which one the fish hit and change the other rod to that depth, color lure or live bait. When trolling, pay attention to other boats that may be anchored. Courtesy and golden rule apply; don't upslick them or troll through their lines or chum slick. Be aware of approaching cold fronts as they carry strong winds.
Jackie Otto can be reached at Betts Fishing Center at (727) 518-7637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.