Make us your home page
Instagram

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: Grouper fishery closed, but options remain

The shallow water grouper fishery closure beyond the 20-fathom line will continue through March. With that said there is no reason to run offshore of that as the bite has been stellar in 100- to 120-foot depths lately. Concentrate in areas of hard bottom, not necessarily areas with large bait shows. Live baits have been responsible for our larger fish but we have also been catching many fish on artificial baits such as butterfly and bucktail jigs. Snapper fishing for mangrove and yellowtail is consistent a bit further offshore than the grouper. Recent trips to larger structure in 150- to 200-foot depths have produced great catches. Anchor uptide of the structure and chum. These fish have great eyesight and are very wary of anything out of the ordinary so tackling down is a must. Use 20- to 25-pound fluorocarbon leader and small hooks hidden inside the bait. Amberjack have been a bit tough to come by. Most of the usual wrecks and springs inside of 40 miles have legal-sized fish but not many. If these are your targets look to 160- to 220-foot depths for larger fish and more of them. Larger live baits have been working well but larger fish have come from high-speed vertical jig fishing. This will attract larger, aggressive fish.

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

Captain's Corner: Grouper fishery closed, but options remain 02/20/17 [Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2017 5:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida beats LSU, wins first College World Series title

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their SEC rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball.

    UF’s Nelson Maldonado, left, and Deacon Liput high-five after a run scores.
  2. As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal

    College

    In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas campus.

  3. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up

    Blogs

    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.