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Captain's Corner: Gag grouper just the start of a hot bite

What's hot: This time of year most offshore fishermen take advantage of the incredible gag grouper bite. Gags are stacked on just about every little rock pile and ledge in just about all depths, providing incredible catch-and-release action since they are closed to all harvest. If seeking fish to eat, head to the deep water.

Red grouper: Good numbers of reds are in depths of 70-90 feet and the largest concentrations are in 130-160 feet. Live bait has been the key to getting the larger fish, but we have gotten many on bucktail and vertical jigs.

Mangrove snapper: Concentrate on high relief areas such as wrecks and big breaks for snapper. For smaller fish, chunk baits work well. Live bait is best for larger fish.

Mahimahi: Straggler mahi are hanging around. Trips offshore produced many of these tasty fish. Small half-ounce bucktails work well when the school is behind the boat.

Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 and fintasticinc.com.

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Captain's Corner: Gag grouper just the start of a hot bite 12/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:52pm]
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