Kingfish are normally long gone from here this time of year, avoiding cold water temperatures. But great catches were reported this past week. Some fish weighed in at more than 40 pounds. Water temperatures teetering in the high 60s seem to be our big fish attractor. We had multiple hookups on a daily basis for the entire week. Future forecasts call for a stronger front within the next 10 days. This probably will cause kings to leave, sending us into winter fishing mode. Many anglers go hog snapper fishing or gag grouper fishing during this time. Reports of hog snapper have begun to trickle in. There also have been a few reports of gag grouper moving into shallower depths of 20 to 30 feet. The ideal water temperature for shallow-water gags is in the 60s, so now is the time to give it a try between cold fronts.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.