tampabay.com

Captain's Corner

What's hot: Kingfish remain active over artificial reefs 10-plus miles from shore.

By DAVE MISTRETTA
Published May 30, 2007


What's hot: Kingfish remain active over artificial reefs 10-plus miles from shore. Heavy concentrations of bait have kept these giant mackerel at bay. Artificial lures are not working as well as the light-tackle, live-bait methods. Simply jiggle baits up with gold hook rigs, then send them out to the hungry macks. Sizes of 6 to more than 40 pounds have been reported. The key is to lighten your tackle. Crystal clear water conditions allow gamefish to see knots, leaders, hooks and the line diameter. Use 15- to 20-pound test. Early morning and late afternoon bites will be the most productive because the sun is at extreme angles.

Tarpon: Anglers can idle into numerous schools of tarpon loitering around our beaches. Expect to find at least 50 to 100 fish per school. Our best success this week has come from tossing live blue crab into their path. Razor sharp hooks and the best tackle are required. Patience is the key with a school of tarpon, as they aren't always interested in food. When the bite turns on, hold on tight. Expect aggressive feeding; with the full moon approaching, spring tides will strengthen as will the feeding habits of all fish.