Red grouper: Summer grouper fishing remains consistent. Red grouper are more prevalent in 70 feet and farther. We sometimes hit numerous spots before finding jackpot. Many times we'll get great action without any trace of fish from the sonar machine. We have mostly worked the edges of the hard bottom and the sand. Within a minute of dropping baits, if no bites occur, we'll leave. During the colder months this could be considered impatient, but not now. Grouper have a near-instantaneous desire to eat. Any size fish indicates impending action. It's a chain reaction with the red grouper. As one fish gets hooked it often regurgitates the undigested fish, creating a perfect chum slick at the bottom to fire up others' appetites.
Gag grouper: Depths from 20 to 200 feet have produced gag grouper since its season opened July 1. Live pinfish grunts and squirrel fish have been our bait of choice for big gags. The bigger the bait, the better. This past week, 50 feet brought great results.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.