Time to go fishing: Weather conditions are ideal for fall action. We have been catching large kingfish for the past week. Many Thanksgivings have been the best kingfish action for the season. The weather is truly the dictator as to what the results will be. So far so good. The mild fronts have been sliding by with no punch at all. These weaker systems give anglers a chance to search for big fish.
They are everywhere: All depths are holding fish. Reports of large kingfish have been coming in from the Skyway all the way out to the southern inside tip of the Middle Grounds (also known as the clover leaf). Many anglers fishing in 80 feet have consistently caught kings, too. My advice is to hit numerous spots in search of the toothy critters. Eventually, you will hit the jackpot.
Helpful tip: Water temperatures above 70 degrees seem to have the most action. As you travel from shore, keep an eye on the temperature gauge. About 10 miles out, the temperatures come out of the 60s and reach the 70s out to the Middle Grounds. If the cold fronts continue to have no punch, expect a massive infiltration of the giant kings along our coast for the remainder of November.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.