When is King Fish Season In Florida?

When Is Kingfish Season In Florida?

Kingfish are worthy of all the attention. With high speeds and hard hits, Kingfish are so much fun to catch. Kingfish season in Florida is just around the corner and we are here to give you the details on how to catch and enjoy, one of our favorite times of the year.



Kingfish is a highly sought-after subtropical gamefish. You’ll find no seaside community, from the Carolinas to Florida, that doesn’t enjoy kingfish tournaments.

They weigh between thirty and ninety pounds and can swim up to forty-eight miles an hour. They can be found at depths up to 100 feet, but they will happily visit Tampa Bay’s inshore waters to breed. They can be found at Gulf Stream depths up to five-hundred foot or more by those who run offshore.

Defined by their mackerel-like appearance, gray color scheme, and rugged mouths of teeth, you’ll be hard-pressed to mistake them for any other. If their appearance does not convince you, the sheer might at the end of your line will have you quickly understanding why we “bow to the King.”


Gear and Location


You’ll need steel leader as well as treble hooks to prepare for Kingfish season. The proper bait is also important. You can find bait shops that sell threadfins and sardines as well as jacks to trolling these predators.

Kingfish can be found in the Terra Ceia Bay outskirts, as well as on the Skyway Bridge and along the beach lines. To catch these amazing fish you should book a fishing charter.


Season and Regulation


While Kingfish season in Florida is available all year round, we see them most often between October and November and March to April. These are the best times to visit Florida after-rainy season and before-summer heat. 

To keep kingfish, they must be at least 24 inches long from the fork to be kept. You can only harvest three of them per harvester. The Florida Fish and Wildlife website has the most current regulations and sizes.




Kingfish, like Spanish Mackerel is also edible. Kingfish’s high fat content makes it a meat that is flavorful and can withstand grilling, baking or frying. Our favorite is a smoked fish recipe. It is simple and full of flavor. 

You can search Google for local tournaments, weigh ins and seafood markets if fishing is not your thing. Contact us at Salty Knots Fishing Charters today to find out about Kingfish season availability and get a chance to be King of the Beach!

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