Kingfish update: After a few slow days on kingfish prior to last weekend's weather system, the bite has improved. Better tides and an onshore wind flow have led to the resurgence. Near-shore hard bottom spots haven't quite turned back on, but areas a little deeper have.
Where to look: Artificial reefs in 40 to 50 feet are holding good numbers of schoolie-sized kingfish, as are ledges and general hard-bottom in these same depths. Slow troll blue runners or chum the fish with live pilchards and a frozen chum block. The Spanish mackerel bite has been hot closer to shore in about 15 feet, schools of threadfins are holding in this depth and are attracting the mackerel. Troll No. 1 planers with a silver spoon in tow for the Spanish.
Redfish: The action is looking good. Weekend high tides should be good for redfish, no-motor zone flats are great places to look for schools of reds. First try fan casting top-water plugs in and amongst mullet schools on the early morning incoming tide to help locate the school. Then, higher than normal tides will have reds pushing well under the mangrove branches in the afternoon. Use a fresh piece of cut bait close to the branches to lure the reds from the heavy cover.
Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email [email protected]