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Daily fishing report

By LARRY HOFFMAN
Published March 29, 2005


We fished the Seminole Rotary Spring the Kings Tournament at Gators on the Pass last weekend. The weather was poor, and the Red Tide scared away most would-be anglers. But 20 captains took the plunge seeking kingfish. Few were caught, and most were small. Brian Hasson on the Knot Me won at 7.68 pounds. Hasson fished with his father just west of the Egmont whistler. They caught four kingfish using live, hard tails and Spanish sardines.

Larry Munch took second at 3.92 pounds, also caught with live bait near the whistler buoy. Only two boats weighed in a kingfish.

The kingfish are just arriving and should fill our coast starting this week. The water temperature is right, and the bait has started showing up. The Red Tide south of us will affect the migration patterns, so expect to catch kings offshore until it subsides.

Grouper will be strong after the full moon. With the decreased pressure because of kingfish season, plan an offshore multiple species trip. Blackfin tuna season is here and along with the kingfish comes the shrimping fleet. We target the shrimpers early in the morning then spend the rest of the day getting kingfish and snapper.

Spring is without a doubt the best time of year for nearshore species on our coast.

--Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island. Call 727 709-9396 or e-mail him at huffyl@tampabay.rr.com