Kingfish season has officially started. Large schools of threadfin herring seem to be holding kings from 4 miles out all the way to the beaches. The numbers aren't great, but each passing cold front will lure more our way. Water temperatures finally have crept down toward 80 degrees. Once we see temperatures drop a couple of more degrees, things will get exciting. The larger push of kings will arrive at many locations. They will be starving after traveling from the northwestern gulf. Anglers will find them at all depths and locations. Normally if you're catching their cousin the Spanish mackerel, there's a kingfish nearby. The reason is one of their favorite food sources is actually another mackerel. Smaller Spanish mackerel always are looking over their shoulder, trying not to get gobbled up by a larger cousin. Hopefully the next few cold fronts that push through will bring gag grouper migrations. Numbers have been week so far this season. Northern counties seem to have the better numbers so far, normally a sign that a push of fish will develop in the next few weeks. I feel the gag grouper season will be in full swing by November and well into December. The problem with this later-than-usual migration is the season will close in the middle of their big push.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.