Every recent trip offshore targeting bottom fish resulted in nonstop action and above-average catches. Red and gag grouper, white grunts, porgies, triggerfish and the occasional mangrove snapper all fed heavily. Grouper action normally slows during the full moon period with the theory being they feed all night and rest during the day. Last week's full moon had no affect, with great catches of both red and gag grouper.
Our attempts to catch kingfish and Spanish mackerel on artificial reefs left us disappointed with most of the trolling time proving to be fruitless. The anglers that were successful caught the majority of their fish within a mile of the beach as long as the water was clear. We've had great Spanish mackerel and kingfish action all through December in the past as long as the water stayed above 68 degrees. Unfortunately, the recent sudden drop in gulf water temperature might have caused both baitfish and their predators to leave the area.
Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach and can be reached at Luckytoo2@aol.com or (727) 397-8815.