Kingfish Fishing Charters
Tampa Bay's #1 sportfishing target with the Jawbreaker Fishing Team.
The King Mackerel fish, commonly referred to as the “Kingfish”, has razor sharp teeth, an aggressive strike and quick runs, they are the most sought after game fish in the Gulf of Mexico. When fishing for Kingfish, we use a steel leader with a 20lb. main line that these fish can sometimes cut through with their razor sharp teeth. When out on a Kingfish charter, you can expect to lose as many fish as you actually catch. Kingfish are not only aggressive strikers, with sharp teeth and quick runs, they also have a tailfin that can quickly “tail whip” the main line, creating a challenge for any angler. Kingfish tournaments are extremely popular in Florida and generate millions of dollars for the state. Taking an offshore Kingfish charter will definitely be an adventure with Jawbreaker Charters.
Our deep sea Kingfish fishing charters in the St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater areas use all the different fishing methods we talked about above. Typically, we like to troll because it covers more ground and produces more fish. Our Kingfish charters can’t go out year round because Kingfish are sensitive to water temperatures. They usually require temperatures in the 70-80 degree range to “school up”. The positive thing here in Central Florida is we get two seasons each year to take our guest on Kingfish charters. The best times of the year to fish for Kingfish is between March and June, and then again in October through December. Every year can be slightly different based around the weather patterns. Sometimes Kingfish will show up early and we see them all summer long, it is just all based around the weather.
There are many different fish we may catch other than Kingfish on your charter. The Spanish Mackerel is one we see very often. Anywhere you are catching Kingfish, you can bet there are Spanish Mackerel. However, Kingfish aren’t always around when you are catching Spanish Mackerel. Both Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel are great table fare, as long as they are properly processed. They are known to be an oily fish. If you bleed and immediately ice it down, Kingfish can be some of the best tasting fish on the market.
The Cobia is another fish that will sometimes make an appearance during a Kingfish charter. They will usually show up when you least expect it. We have caught some of the biggest Cobia while we were Kingfishing. During a Kingfish tournament, we landed a 59lb Cobia. We also won that same Kingfish tournament with a 25lb king. Here is a list of other fish we commonly see during a Kingfish charter:
If you are looking for the right team for your Kingfish experience, Jawbreaker Fishing Charters and Capt. Dan know where, when and how to put you on the King of your dreams. Call us at (727) 432-0422 or complete our online form to book your next fishing charter.
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