Upcoming kingfish tournaments
You know spring is finally here when the king mackerel start moving north along the beaches. After a long winter, anglers are ready to catch some drag-burning "smokers."
The action starts this weekend with the Easter Kingfish Tournament. Register from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Billy's Stone Crab restaurant (1120 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde).
Fishing starts at sunrise Saturday with an entry fee of $100 per boat and a payout of 100 percent. For details, call Steve Fennell at (727) 458-6731 or Billy Moore at (727) 542-3900.
Next month, the west coast's top offshore anglers will line up for the Captain Huffy Memorial Suncoast Kingfish Classic.
This event, held for the past 18 years at Gators Cafe and Saloon on John's Pass, was renamed last year in honor of veteran tournament angler and legendary St. Petersburg Times columnist Col. Larry A. Hoffman, a.k.a., Capt. Huffy, who died in March 2009. The tournament, May 7-8, is sanctioned by the Southern Kingfish Association and pays $10,000 for first place. For details, call (727) 367-2942 or go to www.gatorscafe.com.
Terry Tomalin, Times Outdoors Editor