The kingfish bite along the nearshore waters continues to be really good this week. I’ve been slow trolling with live greenies in the 25 – 50 ft depths around bait pods that I’m marking on my Simrad elecctronics. A wire stinger rig consisting of a #4 nose hook and a #6 stinger hook have been my rigs of choice with the current type and size of baitfish we’ve been using. Bonito, various types of sharks, and a few large jacks are moved in with the mackerel. Closer to shore, snook and redfish action is decent on most days. We’re using the same live threadfin and pilchard baits as we have been slow trolling for the kingfish but we are rigging these with 5/0 or 6/0 sized VMC 7385 circle hooks and 50-pound test fluorcardbon leaders.
In the lagoons, the black drum and trout action remains steady. Saltwater Assassin 5-inch sea shad tails tipped with a piece of Fishbites will geet the drum to cooperate. Skip the Fishbite and you will still get the trout to strike.
I’ve only got about about four days open this month, but if you’re looking for a charter, give me a call and I’ll try to squeeze you in. If I’m unavailable, I can also set you up with Capt. Justin Ross.