My next two hits I lost due to a pulled hook. My first thought was these must be schoolies, small king fish less than 20 pounds that are not getting good contact with the lures. As I was reeling in my line, I had a big pod of bait in front of me just explode. A really nice king came busting out, what we call “skyrocket” right through the bait. I made a blind cast with a Bomber Long A jointed lure and had a schoolie follow it right back to the kayak. My next cast it was fish on. This one was a fighter as it got me tangled with a crab trap float. Once I got clear of that I finally put some heat on it and got it in. A nice 30” kingfish to take home for the grill. (Sorry, no pictures, I had a newbie on the camera and they came out all blurry)
With the arrival of the bait, I hope the bigger kings will also show up and we get a shot at them before they continue on with their migration. As for other species, the tarpon bite in south Florida has been really good. I do know the silver kings have showed up around Pine Island, but I have not heard of any down in Boca Grande, but it’s just a matter of time till they do. Around the mouth of Tampa Bay, they have showed up around the Sky Way Bridge. These are all resident fish that have moved out of the back bays. Sadly, the snook report is not so good in my area. South of Tampa Bay I have seen some good catches being made, but here in my home waters it’s been pretty bleak. Redfish and Trout continue strong.