What's heating up: There are plenty of kingfish around, but they now must share top billing with silver kings. Tarpon have rolled into town, and dozens already have been hooked and let go at the Skyway. I've observed rolling fish in the North Pass at Egmont Key and Bayboro Harbor. Soon, there will be large schools of migrating tarpon along our gulf beaches. The stronger tides surrounding Thursday's new moon, and particularly the afternoon outgoing, will bunch them up at the Skyway and deepwater passes. Small blue crabs or pass crabs are hard baits to beat. If unavailable, a frisky full-grown greenback will get their attention.
Best of the rest: Kingfishing is still smoking, and there have been 50-pounders at the Dubai Fishing Pier. The crew aboard Constant Chaos won the Old Salts King of the Beach tournament with a 50-pounder a week ago. And the crew of Crap Happens won Saturday's event out of Gators On the Pass with a 39-pounder. This weekend's event is out of Hubbards on John's Pass and likely will take a 40-pounder to win. The mid markers of the Egmont ships channel have continued to be hot for school-sized lings.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.