Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Gag grouper coming around

We can feel the more comfortable temperatures during the early parts of the day, but it's still warm out. Fish don't use a calendar to migrate; they simply have an internal clock dictated by water temperature. Until we feel a significant drop, things should stay about the same. Gag grouper have started to show on a few rocks. They're about a month late on their migration. For a month they've been concentrated in our northern counties, but many spots locally were void. Shallower spots in 20 feet of water seem to have had the most fish. The next substantial cold front should push decent concentrations onto many areas locally. Divers have started to witness activity. Anglers, however, have been struggling. This seems to be the case annually. The gags need to settle in for a few days before feeding heavier, but they obviously can't avoid a sharp spear. Things look promising for the final month of open season on these tasty grouper fillets. Large red grouper seem to take over many spots, and the action is endless. It's frustrating to have to let go of so many big fish while trying to pick a few gag grouper out of the mix. We're catching some hefty mangrove snapper while searching for gags. Many of our stops end with a few of these prized fish. Mangrove snapper will nip at your fingers during hook removal, so use extra caution. We're sporadically catching a few kings here and there.

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

Captain's Corner: Gag grouper coming around 10/31/15 [Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2015 7:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  2. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games

    Blogs

    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.
  3. RHP Alex Cobb feeling safer as Rays make playoff push

    The Heater

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing in the fourth inning of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
  4. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70

    Footballpreps

    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
  5. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.