Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Bonito working great as bait for red grouper

Bottom fishing: Red grouper fishing remains steady in depths of 70 to 100 feet. Most days, limits of two per person can be met, especially if weather allows you to travel past the 80-foot mark. Grouper are eager to grab your baits as they descend, but most of the fish are undersized. Bring a lot of bait, because you'll have to catch at least 10 smaller grouper for every keeper. One thing's for sure: There's plenty of action for anglers at this time.

Great bait: All baits are productive at this time. My favorite is 4-inch-long fillets of bonito (little tunny). They have been available around many of the schools of baitfish we have been finding offshore. They're poor table fare for humans, but if you're a red grouper, they're at the top of the list. Fresh bonito fillets seem to work twice as well as frozen ones, so try to keep them iced, even if it's for a few days.

Nothing goes to waste: The head section of the bonito has not gone to waste this month, either. We have caught numerous goliath grouper with this portion of the bonito. The head's bloody scent seems to drive the goliaths into a feeding frenzy. A few bull sharks have also joined the bonito ambush.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or see www.jawstoo.com.

Captain's Corner: Bonito working great as bait for red grouper 08/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 6:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after: A lot that went into a marathon win

    Blogs

    Rays manager Kevin Cash had a simple strategy when Fox Sports Sun's Alex Corddry asked him how the team would move on from Sunday's marathon win and get ready to face the Rangers tonight in Texas:

  2. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  3. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  4. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  5. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.