Gag grouper: In just a week and a half, gag grouper have made a major move into shallower water. There are still gags on ledges and wrecks in 80 feet and deeper, but why go that far? The bait is strong in 50 feet or less, and the thermocline, just off the bottom, has the fish excited and feisty. Mangrove snapper are still everywhere, but red snapper are a little deeper. Cubera snapper are starting to move to wrecks deeper than 120 feet.
Whale sharks: Many of our divers have run into whale sharks feeding just off our coast. These big filter feeders usually have a cobia or two circling them.
Tournament: The Southern Open is June 11-13. The weigh-in is at Gators on the Pass on Treasure Island. Go to divefsda.com for more information.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving and can be reached at CaptainBillHardman@gmail.com or (727) 344-3483.