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Skyway Bridge best bet for kingfish
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It’s mid-season for kingfish on our coast and so far we’ve yet to see a real big push of fish. There is, however, some nice fish being caught in our area.

The best locations thus far have been around the Skyway Bridge and the shipping channel. This area seems to be holding the most bait, so naturally that is were the kingfish will be. Until we get that huge influx of threadfins off the beach we won’t see the schools of Spanish mackerel and kingfish in our near-shore waters.

Spanish mackerel, however, are schooling in good numbers around the Skyway pier area. Anglers casting silver spoons and Gotcha plugs are doing well throughout the day, with sunrise and sundown being peak times.

Inshore, trout and redfish have both been cooperating well on these new moon tides. Target deep water flats directly adjacent to the extreme shallows on the low incoming tide, for a chance at both species. Spoil islands, no-motor zone flats and just about anywhere else that you can find clean, good moving water are potential hot-spots. Casting top-water lures first thing in the morning, will help you locate active fish, flats fish are much more active now than a few weeks ago making them much more likely to respond to the loud commotion put out by the top-water plug.

Pompano are in for sure. Lot’s of pompano are being caught off the bridges and piers as well as deep drop offs around spoil islands inside of the passes. Pompano feed best on fast moving tides and low light conditions. Traditional hot spots would be the Bayway Bridge, the Tierra Verde Bridge, and Pass-A-Grille channel. 

Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to
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