Water temperatures have dropped into the 70s, adding a few options for anglers. Gag grouper season is about to close for recreational anglers on Thursday. For the most part it's been slow for gags, but we have been getting some decent keepers at numerous depths. Lots of moving around searching is required to find the hungry ones that are located near the undercuts and ledges. Some of the gags have weighed 15-plus pounds. We call them "tackle busters," since they are quite strong. If not properly tackled, you can get taken into their rocky dwellings in seconds. We have been stopping them with 50-pound line and 80-pound leader. We have also been getting a few nice mangrove snapper while grouper digging. A few weighed 7 pounds. These fish are also strong. A few hog snapper are starting to bite. They will be more accessible for the next few months. Their favorite food seems to be shrimp and crustaceans. We have been getting kingfish while bottom fishing. There have been kings and bonito wherever the sardine schools are found on the rocks where we are fish for grouper. The best bait schools seem to be in 60 feet.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.