When the going gets tough: The tough go grunt fishing. Summer's dead heat makes putting a fresh fish dinner on the table difficult. Bringing home enough for a fish fry is further complicated with numerous closures and reduced bag limits. White grunts are very cooperative, however, and tasty.
Fish of another name: White grunts are also known as Key West grunts or gray snapper locally. They don't typically get a lot of respect and are not even in the snapper family. They lack size, but are abundant, eager to feed and taste great. Concentrations of grunts are on natural hard bottom or limestone outcroppings, and man made artificial reefs or wrecks in 20 to 100 feet.
Fun for everyone: Everyone can enjoy cranking up grunts. Simply drop a chunk of frozen squid to the bottom on medium light tackle. Wait a few seconds, and when the pecking feeling on the end of the line turns into the weight of the fish, turn the handle to retrieve the fish. Re-bait and repeat.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] or (727)510-1009.