Amberjacks remain the staple for offshore anglers. A few have moved toward inshore wrecks, allowing anglers to reap the rewards of something large, within the 15-mile mark. Large schools of baitfish have started to move toward shore too. Anglers traveling 30 miles out have seen schools working the surface in 100 feet. Large threadfin herring, pinfish and a variety of others can be jigged up with ease once spotted. These fresh-caught baits are what really get bigger jacks to bite. The fish more than 50 pounds will often snub their nose at an average-sized baitfish. If properly presented, an offshore pinfish weighing about a quarter pound always gets their attention.
Also, there are plenty of Key West grunts on inshore ledges. As you go a bit deeper to 40 feet, black sea bass become available too. These small reef fish are quite aggressive and can add to your table fare. Soon kingfish will migrate our way, allowing more options for anglers wanting fish for dinner.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at email@example.com, jawstoo.com or (727) 595-3276.