What's hot: The flat seas between the recent fronts revealed what should be an early arrival of kingfish and Spanish mackerel. In the 45- to 60-foot depths, where we have been targeting bottom fish, large schools of Spanish sardines and hard tails were seen both on the surface and on the depth finder. Using a Sabiki rig, we quickly produced baits for catch-and-release red and gag grouper. Normally baitfish of the size and quantity that we saw do not arrive in our area until mid March.
What else: Recent catches consisted of gag and red grouper, scamp, triggerfish, white grunts, and several species of porgies.
Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.