Kingfish Arriving Now
Capt. Stewart Ames
November 4, 2019
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
The first of fall's cool fronts has just worked it's way through the Tampa Bay Area. With scattered kingfish a few miles off the beach last week, the near shore bite for these speedy gamefish should be "on" once waters calm down and clear up over the course of the next few days. Water temperatures remained near 80 last week but should drop into the high to mid seventies now. Mixed in with the very occasional kingfish were oversized Spanish Mackerel… making it easy to put a big bend on an inshore rod on every recent trip. Strong tides last week had the redfish on the feed as well with a broad mix of sizes coming to the boat. With a limited number of snook remaining on the beach, most have made their moves to the offshore reefs or into the intercostal and backwater locations. These can still be caught with some success when encouraged to eat by heavy chumming.
With yet another front due to show up by next weekend, kingfish prospects only improve. Locate big schools of thread fin herring and troll around them…or anchor and chum. Action should follow. As Thanksgiving approaches, know that big Seatrout will be returning soon as well…making for a great nearshore / inshore combo day…kings in the morning, trout on the way back in. Good luck and good fishing.
Tampa Bay Fishing Forecast:
Kingfish and big Seatrout fishing both improving over the next month.
Seatrout, redfish, kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, snook, snapper
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