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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Go Fishing: Cold front ignites the kingfish bite


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GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides.

With the first cold front of the year, kingfish will be on fire.

We were catching good numbers of schoolie-sized kings early in the week, but water temps were keeping the big push from getting here. This front should remedy that. Target the areas of hard bottom just off the beaches for best results. Slow troll or anchor up and chum.

Both styles will do well when the fish are plentiful. I catch more fish anchored up, but bigger fish slow trolling. Light wire leader with stinger rigs is my recommendation for the kings.

Also use a very light drag as the strike from a kingfish is fast and violent so a tight drag will cause you to miss more than you catch. In the back country, the redfish are still stealing the show with schools of oversized fish seemingly everywhere.

If your having trouble finding the schools, locate the big mullet schools and fish directly in the middle of them. I picked up eight nice upper-slot reds this way early in the week.

We are also starting to see some big trout show up on the flats. Trout in the 25-plus inch range are starting to be the norm again after a hot summer pushed most of them into deeper waters.

Again, the mullet schools have been key to the big trout as well. Both reds and trout use the grass-rooting mullet as camouflage and feed off the crustaceans the mullet kick up.

Catch Billy Nobles and Mike Anderson on the “Reel Animals Fishing Show” on Saturdays from 6:30-7 a.m. on WFLA, Ch. 8, and from 6-9 a.m. on 970 AM, and on Sundays from 7-9 a.m. on 620 AM. To book a charter, call 1-866-GAMEFISH or visit reelanimalsfishingshow.com.

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