What's biting: Benthic fish such as grouper, hogfish and snapper have slowly started moving into shallower water. Two factors for the fish moving in closer: cooler water and an influx of bait. The bait is moving in, but the offshore bottom temperatures are still too warm to stimulate mass movements. If you can't find these fish in shallow depths, venture deeper.
Good trip: This week Clay Glover of St. Petersburg and his dive buddies found gag grouper and hogfish on ledges in the 90-foot range. They were able to get their limit of both while enjoying good visibility.
Florida Freedive Symposium: This is a free event sponsored by the Florida Skin Diving Association. The St. Petersburg event is 7 p.m. Nov. 14, location to be determined. Go to divefsda.com or e-mail me.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at CaptainBillHardman@gmail.com or (727) 344-3483.