What's hot: A subtle rise in water temperature seemed to be all it took to reignite the kingfish bite, and results of the weekend's Old Salt King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament proved it. Hannon's Cannon/Pro Marine was crowned king of the roughly 200 boats in the field. A 37.36 pounder won the grand prize.
There were 21 kings of more than 30 pounds, and they came from a variety of areas and depths. Kingfish were reported from a couple of hundred yards off the beach to 75 miles offshore. We caught five kingfish in the Egmont Channel and never got outside Egmont Key. There were at least a couple caught inside the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Kingfish will tolerate gradual decreases in water temperature but dislike the shock of it plummeting overnight. If conditions allow, look for outstanding kingfish action this month and into next.
Another option: If bumping the bottom for grouper is your preference, now is the time.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142