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: Cover more areas

What's hot: With the water temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s, fishing offshore for gag grouper is becoming more difficult. The best bet for action is in depths of 90-160 feet. Most stops are producing only a few fish, so covering a large area with many spots is most productive. Despite warm temperatures, there have been many king mackerel caught in the past month. The best places are in depths of 80-120 feet over large wrecks, high-profile ledges and rockpiles that are holding bait.

Tips: When offshore, get out as early as possible. The morning bite will be strong until around 10, then in the afternoon the bite will pick up and usually last until sundown. A well full of fresh live baits will help get bites.

Tackle: Standard wire rigs and slow trolled live baits are producing fish as large as 40 pounds. These same areas are a great place to catch blackfin tuna and mahi-mahi as well. Permit are also holding on many of the offshore wrecks. A medium size live pass crab is a hard bait to beat. Due to the lack of teeth, the permit can be coaxed into eating an offering on a light leader.

Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 and fintasticinc.com.

Captain's Corner: Cover more areas 08/04/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 4, 2014 7:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Kids still playing for all the marbles — literally

    Human Interest

    In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it's easy to become jaded.

    Eli Murphy, right, leans in to give Sierra Ricci the traditional king and queen kiss at the National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J. Both of Allegheny County Pa., they won the girls and boys championship of the 94th annual National Marbles Tournament. [Associated Press]
  2. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  3. It's Rays' turn to pound Orioles pitching (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG - Ah, the fantastic four.

    The Rays smashed the reeling Orioles 15-5 on Friday, scoring a season-high in runs, to climb four games above .500 for the first time since July 1, 2015.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria scores on a triple by Logan Morrison during the first inning against the Orioles.
  4. Lightning journal: Plans set for 25th anniversary season

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season Friday, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    fit test: Top draft pick Cal Foote puts on his Lightning jersey.
  5. Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.

    Matt Duffy is expected to resume his baseball activities once the stitches heal.