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Captain's Corner: As king mackerel migrate, adapt to weather

Best bet: We are at the end of the fall migration of king mackerel. This past week we adapted to weather conditions each day. Winds were strong from the northeast to east early but let up in the afternoon. Fish are moving and the bait situation is spotty. Targeting kingfish can be a challenge. Know what to look for and do a little homework.

Bait: On the beach you want to see mackerel, threadfin herring or small early pushes of mullet coming out of the passes. This past week the area around the Blind Pass Drop was covered with mackerel. Anglers slow-trolling macks got 25- to 32-pound kings. The bite just before sundown produced the most bites and larger fish. Offshore, good catches occurred from the western side of the Shipping Channel.

Tips: Looking at the moon phase this past week, we fished a bit later in the afternoon because the Major Solunar was later in the day. Around the stronger moons these solunars are generally spot on.

Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 and fintasticinc.com.

Captain's Corner: As king mackerel migrate, adapt to weather 12/04/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 6:21pm]
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