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Captain's corner

By DAVE MISTRETTA

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


Strong winds and cold air hampered recent action. Water temperatures dropped into the 60s, letting us know winter wasn't over, but the drastic change from unseasonably warm weather to cooler conditions will work best for us in the long run.

Temperatures reaching the mid-80s came upon us so quickly that kingfish started their northern migration weeks early. Migratory fish are activated by water temperatures, which means they'll travel past a common feeding hole in unseasonable weather. The gap of cold air that pushed our way last week will stretch out the migrations of many species, allowing us more time to enjoy great fishing. As schools of kings arrive, they'll be concentrated in tight areas. In other words, it's all or nothing. Trolling will be most effective because it covers the largest areas. Thirty-five feet of water is my favorite spring depth. Once the fish are located, double and tripleheaders are common. I call this the spring kingfish frenzy. Lines are screaming in all directions, kings are skyrocketing after live bait and all the boats around you are hooked up. We should have six weeks of this action.

- Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 595-3276, or e-mail sales@jawstoo.com.

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