20 Oct Kayak Kingfishing!
Headed down south to fish with my long time fishing buddy and tournament fishing partner Cameron Schurlknight in his home waters of Venice yesterday.
We launched our kayaks several hours after sunrise into the Gulf of Mexico and paddled out to catch bait. Our bait of choice today would be small, juvenile spanish mackeral. We paddled out to the first school of bait we saw getting hit by mackeral and soon had a couple baits out the back of the kayaks on stinger rigs. We proceeded to catch mackeral and the hard fighting bonita until I hooked up the first king of the day. After a short fight I had him boat side.
This process continued for much of the day, catch a small mackeral, rig it up on the stinger rig behind the kayak, proceed with catching mackeral and bonita until my big rod went off. Aside from kingfish we also hooked into sharks, mackeral, bonita and had several shots and tarpon as well.
Now is the time to go kingfishing! With water temps in the 70’s, with light winds the bait will stay close to the beach bringing in the predators that eat them (spanish mackeral and kingfish). Enjoy the pics!