What's hot: Last week we targeted amberjack and red grouper. During the cold front they didn't have much interest in feeding. As winter takes hold, many fish will shut down and not eat as much. Once the system pushes through, they begin to feed better.
Bottom fishing: We have found numerous gag grouper just about everywhere we have fished. With the season closed, it can be frustrating to have to let so many big ones go. To come home with red grouper fillets, you must weed through the species. Red grouper populations have not improved west of Clearwater in 80 feet. It appears we are fishing the population that arrived in April. We hope new batches will migrate our way soon.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.