Bottom fishing: Anglers should mix it up a bit during the heated summer months. Red grouper fishing is quite active in depths of 80 feet, but you have to pick through numerous short-sized grouper to be successful. Both drift and anchor fishing are working.
Different action: Trolling the wrecks for barracuda to start the day is a great choice. We have been landing some hefty kingfish around the same locations. Another fish we've been catching is the largest member of the grouper family, the goliath. This mammoth bottom-dweller possesses an endless appetite, owning all the local wrecks. Just about any fish hooked in the vicinity of a wreck can easily become prey. We've landed more than 50 of these beastly fish since the beginning of the year. Their average weight is 300 pounds. Our biggest to date is 600 pounds, caught last year at this time.
Further offshore: Our last voyage started out with hungry bonito screaming drags out in all directions. Within minutes, spinner sharks began to attack the hooked bonitos. We even witnessed sharks biting each other while fighting over bonito carcasses. All six anglers were hooked up for hours until their arms were tired. The spinners averaged 100 pounds and 6 feet in length, producing quite a battle.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at email@example.com, jawstoo.com or (727) 439-2628.