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Captain's Corner: Grouper abound in between cold fronts

What's cold: Cold fronts affect fish. On their approach, they will devour whatever they find. Friday, during a brief calm between fronts, we slipped offshore. At about 55 feet, we found small breaks surrounded by a good, live, hard bottom. The water was muddy from the front that passed a couple of days earlier.

What's hot: The grouper bite was incredible. Although we had to release a lot of short reds, we boated 15 gags. Several were well more than 28 inches, and a few pushed 34. All were released because they are out of season. There was a good mix of big grunts placed in the cooler. And a pleasant surprise was the porgies catch. There was a time when triggerfish and a box full of porgies were common. For the past couple of years, we have released them to give them a chance to recover.

Tip: Fast-moving weather patterns are routine this time of year. Pay close attention to the weather and radar before you venture beyond the sight of land.

Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit

Captain's Corner: Grouper abound in between cold fronts 12/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 5:06pm]
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