Weather will prevent catching fish the next few days, unless you're a die-hard angler. West winds will be relentless, causing extreme sea conditions. The unusual weather pattern, resembling a cold front, has pushed onshore winds at us since Thursday. Things should subside by Sunday. In the meantime, anywhere protected from the wind is where you're going to catch fish and not get beat up. Before the weather got turbulent, we were running offshore and working depths from 50-100 feet, catching a variety of species while bottom fishing. The past few days produced red grouper, gag grouper and a few snapper. I suggest giving it about 15 minutes on each spot. Moving a quarter-mile at a time on hard-bottom areas can be key to success. Fishing at this time of year might require numerous moves in order to bring home keeper grouper, since the season has been average, at best.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.