Make us your home page

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, mahimahi and amberjack await right offerings

Grouper: Great gag catches are coming at depths between 60-500 feet. During warmer months live baits outproduce frozen baits. As the season continues look for large schools to be found well north of the bay area, as far as Bayport. Each cold front that comes through will push these fish farther south.

Bluewater fishing: Under the masses of sargasso weeds west of John's Pass in 80-300 feet are eager mahimahi. These fish grow about an inch per week and will reach the 20-pound range in their first year. They rarely turn down a small piece of sardine, but if it does happen, try a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce bucktail jig. The erratic action gets their attention.

Other species: Amberjack have been holding on most structures in depths of 130 feet or more. This will continue through the next few months as they make their way east for the winter months. Live baits will work, but artificials are best. Butterfly jigs, buck-tail jigs or fast-moving swimbaits will draw strikes.

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

Captain's Corner: Gag grouper, mahimahi and amberjack await right offerings 09/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane


    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.
  2. Lightning opens day two of draft by taking Russian forwards


    After taking a big, right-shot defenseman in the first round, the Lightning's second day of the NHL Draft was headlined by a couple skilled Russian forwards.

  3. Kids still playing for all the marbles — literally

    Human Interest

    In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it's easy to become jaded.

    Eli Murphy, right, leans in to give Sierra Ricci the traditional king and queen kiss at the National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J. Both of Allegheny County Pa., they won the girls and boys championship of the 94th annual National Marbles Tournament. [Associated Press]
  4. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.