Mackerel on move: Weather conditions are improving by the day, and over the next few weeks king and Spanish mackerel will continue to arrive in our area. With their lightening-fast strikes and blistering runs, kingfish test your ability and stamina, as well as your equipment. Start your search by looking for the little white terns often seen diving on schools of baitfish. Mackerel should be close by. Position yourself near the school, pitch in your baited hook and hang on.
Tip: When trolling, do not pass over the baitfish schools. Instead, circle them, picking off the fish that corral the bait school.
Spotted: A school of bait and jumping kingfish were recently seen in the shipping channel. I've seen several kings rise while offshore near the South County Reef.
Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit captainlarryblue.com.