Thanksgiving grouper: The mild weather has produced a run of gag grouper. Reports of limits of grouper caught in 40 feet of water and west are common. Catching numerous smaller grouper and grunts is all it takes to get the action going. A small chum session also works. Ledges and gnarly rocks have been holding these bottom fish.
Fall king run: Any day we should be seeing a final migration wave of king mackerel as the water temperature creeps to the magical 70-degree mark. I have witnesses many seasons lasting well into December. If our area can stay at a moderate temperature of 70 degrees there will be a walloping migration of giant mackerel.
Baitfish: Schools of pinfish have been prevalent along the beaches. They are a great additive to your arsenal when grouper digging. Threadfin herring and horse minnows are available along the beaches. We have periodically thrown the cast net within a half mile of the shore with adequate success. Throwing a cast net in 20 feet of water can be quite a task for novices. Allow the net to sink with no tension on the hand line. The net will naturally try to close as it descends, but keeping the rope snug begins the closing process sooner. Wind and tide will effect the process as well.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or see www.jawstoo.com.