Kings of Thanksgiving: This is the perfect time to put some king mackerel in the boat

Ideal fall water temperatures for kings are 68 to 69 degrees. Temps usually drop a degree for each 10 feet of depth.

If you thought spring and summer provided the year’s top mackerel bite, leave that tree stand and head to the ocean.

The Pilgrims had it right when they gave thanks in November. Up north in Massachusetts where the Pilgrims landed, the cornucopia was overflowing with items of bounty from the previous growing season and warm-weather fishing. Theirs was a celebration of what had been provided for the long winter ahead.

In the more temperate Palmetto State, our abundance of things natural flows nearly year round. We don’t have to stock up like our forefathers did. When we gather at Thanksgiving, sportsmen can celebrate with yellowfin tuna, flounder, doves, deer, shrimp and oysters — resources that span the calendar.

A multitude of outdoor activities pull at South Carolina sportsmen this time of year. Duck season opens, there’s the middle split of dove season and deer season is in high gear. On the water, winter spotted seatrout are obliging enough to leave anglers thinking they could win every inshore tournament that ever existed. And redfish? Well, let’s just say even Sylvester the Cat could catch one this month.

Let’s not forget king mackerel.

King mackerel?

Yes, king mackerel. These silver rockets have essentially a warm-weather reputation, but their action this month will make anglers forget the leaves have changed.

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