What's hot: The conditions are right for this weekend's "King of the Beach" kingfish tournament. Easterly winds have calmed and cleared the nearshore waters along gulf beaches. Focusing on the Egmont Ships Channel, we've caught kings from the Skyway out to Markers 5 and 6. Others have reported catches out to the Whistler.
Tips: Traditional hot spots for monster kings had been hit or miss because of cooler water temperatures in 20 feet. But temperatures have warmed, and bait schools are being drawn to the beach. Also, tarpon have begun showing up in traditional spots.A few migrated along the beaches, some gathered in the Egmont hole, and some bunched up at the Skyway. And they're still roaming the major bridges up Tampa Bay. Afternoon outgoing tides on this full moon likely will spark a bite.
Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.