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Captain's Corner: Bottom fishing producing gag and red grouper off west-central Florida coast

What's hot: Bottom fishing. All depths to 80 feet of water are holding decent numbers of gag and red groupers. We have had our best success working the 40- to 60-foot areas. More keeper red groupers are in the 60-plus-foot depths. Gags have been working their way into shallow depths of even 25 feet.

The king: Kingfish are still available. Finding their food source has been the key to our success. Large amounts of threadfin herring have been schooling along the beaches up to a mile out, especially along the tide lines near the passes. If you can find these baits, you'll find the kings. Look for high-diving pelicans and gannets.

Giant cast nets: We have been throwing cast nets over the same bait schools with outstanding results. A heavy net of at least 8 feet is needed in deeper waters of the gulf. A 10-foot net is better but extremely hard to throw. Sometimes an extension of rope on the throw line is required to let the net sink down deep enough.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at, or (727) 439-2628.

Captain's Corner: Bottom fishing producing gag and red grouper off west-central Florida coast 11/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 8:54pm]
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