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Captain's Corner: Bottom fishing for grouper

Dave Mistretta

Dave Mistretta

What's hot: Bottom fishing remains impressive. We searched a bit deeper in 60-plus feet of water. Our boat limit of 24 grouper was met every day. Many areas we fished a month ago with unimpressive numbers are now outstanding hot spots.

Happy fish: The new arrival of grouper are healthy, showing off swollen bellies from eating well. They are following the migrations of juvenile minnows. Many inshore spots are holding keeper red and gag grouper. Reports show impressive numbers over ledges and rocks within 2 miles of shore.

Bait: The micro-minnow schools working toward shore are also the reason for grouper in shallow depths. Many of these fish give up their secret by spitting out the minnows. Most are 2-inch Spanish sardines. A way to locate the rocks holding minnows is watch the surface action. If you see terns working the surface along with Spanish mackerel, there are plenty of minnows on the rocks below.

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

Captain's Corner: Bottom fishing for grouper 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 8:39pm]
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