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Captains corner: Kings still milling in area

Dave Mistretta

Dave Mistretta

King season: The kingfish bite has remained strong for the past week. The key to success is to locate their food source. We found numerous schools of threadfin herring and pilchards in the depths of 40 to 50 feet. These bait schools are prime locations for great kingfish action

Bottom fishing: We've also worked depths of 50 feet for grouper. Many spots have large concentrations of gag grouper. Even though we must let these fish go due to the closed season, it's great action. In the middle of all the gag grouper activity, we've been catching keeper red grouper, which can be taken at this time.

Farther out: Offshore action is still productive for amberjack. Compared to last year the number of keeper-sized jacks is lower. Many of the fish are just under the 30-inch head-to-fork length, which is the size you can keep. We'll also get short flurries of attention from the big bruisers. Mixed in with all the jacks have been cobia.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

Captains corner: Kings still milling in area 05/16/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:29pm]
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