Monday, May 21, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Fry bait bringing large groupers

What's hot: Lackluster reports of gag grouper were common the first few days after the July 1 opening of the season, but that has changed because large masses of fry bait (juvenile minnows) have begun migrating toward the shoreline. Many big gag and red groupers are following these cloudlike schools of minnows. Often you can find the schools huddling to the bottom on a break or a rocky area. We had a great bite three days in a row recently after finding minnows huddling on rocks. Our limit of groupers was met with ease in a few minutes. We got groupers 30 miles out and near shore in as little as 30 feet of water. Expect this action to stay consistent for the next month.

Other species available: Offshore we also found cobias, sharks, snappers and mackerels attacking bait schools. Closer to shore we have witnessed tarpon taking advantage of them.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

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