What's hot: As the king mackerel make their way north through our area, other species such as grouper, snapper and amberjack get a month or two off, especially in the deeper waters of 130-150 feet. Although there are plenty of grouper at 50-70 feet, the larger fish are making their way offshore searching for cooler waters.
Tips: Anchoring in deeper water can be tricky because of stronger tides. When trying to figure an anchor heading after a miss, use a compass. Wait for the boat to settle then take the compass bearing of the anchor rope, not the bow of the boat.
Tactics: Depending on the direction the tide is running, anglers on one side of the boat will have their baits pushed under the boat and out the other side. Avoid this by rigging the rods on the uptide side of the boat with leads of 2-4 ounces heavier than the ones on the downtide side. This should keep the baits separated and avoid tangles.
Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at fintasticinc.com or (727) 642-3411.