Kingfish fever, although satisfied somewhat by the recent king mackerel tournaments held locally, should still be in full swing for all of us who get giddy over the sound of a screaming reel drag or the sight of a skyrocketing king.
By: Captain Jim
Kingfish fever, although satisfied somewhat by the recent king mackerel tournaments held locally, should still be in full swing for all of us who get giddy over the sound of a screaming reel drag or the sight of a skyrocketing king. Bait should be readily available along Amelia Island‚Äôs beaches as well as those of Cumberland Island in the form of menhaden (pogies). Look for dark areas in the water and or flips on the surface.
Try to ease up slowly to the edge of the school of bait before launching your cast net. Don‚Äôt overload the live-well as too many pogies will get fatigued and not troll well. Trolling speeds should be extremely slow to allow a natural presentation of the live bait. Change out baits regularly to keep them frisky in your spread. Bait pods near the beach can attract a variety of fish feeding on the mass quantities of menhaden and it sometimes pays off to free-line a live pogy close to a bait pod for kings, tarpon, redfish or jack crevale.
Kings will be around almost all the near-shore reefs, along the beaches and in the St. Mary‚Äôs channel from the jetty rocks to the STM sea buoy. Look for bait and Spanish mackerel schools on or below the surface, where you see birds working an area and along the tide lines for best results. Temperature also is important as colder water can push kings farther offshore. 80 degrees or there about, seems to be a good standard. More tips to follow soon. In the mean time go fishing, because you can‚Äôt catch ‚Äòem from the couch. If you need a charter, call me at (904) 753-0882.