What's hot: We have until the end of this month, two weeks earlier than normal, before gag grouper season ends. Based on the past month, it should be a great ending. Already, migrating gags have ventured toward us. They are working the giant masses of glass minnows that showed up a few weeks ago. These juvenile baitfish have been seen around many ledges and rocks in 20-50 feet. A little searching while trolling is a great way to locate the minnows hovering over rocky bottoms.
Surface action: Any of the schools of glass minnows being ravaged by mackerel could hold a big fish. The glass minnows can be found directly out of our passes. Between the birds and the mackerel, it's an easy task to get in the zone. Keep trying different schools of bait until you hit the jackpot. Kingfish can be found along with tarpon in the bait schools within a mile from shore. Giant herds of bull redfish up to 40 pounds also are working the glass minnows. And large mouthfuls of minnows were belched up by a goliath grouper as we wrestled with it.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.