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Daily fishing report

By LARRY HOFFMAN
Published October 29, 2006


What's hot: Kingfish, Spanish mackerel and grouper continue to be the hot ticket. We have been catching good numbers of kingfish on the South County Reef, Madeira Beach Reef and the Egmont Channel. Live bait has been plentiful on most of our near-shore reefs and at the Egmont Channel markers.

Tactics: Slow trolled live bait with steel leaders is a great way to catch kingfish. Troll five lines. If you can, hook blue runners in the back. This hook location takes the runners deep and helps cover the water column. Put one bait in the prop wash and the other two long on the surface, about 50 yards deep. Another good method for locating kingfish is anchoring your boat over a hard bottom area known for grouper. Deploy a couple of flat lines while you're grouper fishing. Chances are you will get kingfish, blackfin tuna and barracuda.

Tips from the pros: Chumming is extremely effective for kingfish. While slow trolling, troll as slow as your boat will go. Move back and forth through your chum slick. The slick will attract fish. When you get a strike, keep your lines in the water for multiple hookups.

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