Sea conditions: April has kicked off wild weather. Expect more as a cold front approaches. Strong winds and rough seas will keep us at port for a few days.
Where to fish: After this weather turmoil, some perfect places to start offshore are all the artificial reefs. The Army Corps of Engineers has placed numerous reefs along our coastline that have produced serious numbers of big fish. St. Pete reef, Madeira Beach, Indian Shores, Rube Allen, Veterans, and Pasco No. 1 and No. 2 are all great.
A special reef: The Rube Allen reef is often a daily stop for great kingfish action. It is a 1-mile stretch located about 10 miles west of Belleair Beach. Spanish sardines, blue runners and cigar minnows will often smother most of the super structures and can be jiggled up quickly with small gold hook-bait rigs. An added extra to all the kings: bonito, Spanish mackerel, cobia, grouper and huge barracuda this month.
Other hot spots: Shallower spots have lured hefty smokers. Redington pier has been consistent for years. Massive schools of baitfish often huddle close to the pilings to avoid monster kings. Egmont channel is good when searching for a monster king.
Grouper: Anglers targeting grouper have been getting attacked by the hungry kings as baits are dropped to the bottom even in 120 feet.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, jawstoo.com or (727) 595-3276.