What we're seeing: Divers are starting to see gulf grouper moving into shallower water and amberjacks are following behind. When visibility has been good enough to spear in 45 feet of water or less, gag groupers have been waiting on the bottom. This week from Sarasota to Crystal River, better visibility has been from 50-65 feet. Hopefully, calmer seas will relieve some of the turbid underwater conditions.
Try this: The weather is starting to look good for an offshore trip this weekend. Try some shallow dives first. If the visibility has improved from 30-45 feet, you could find good concentrations of grouper. The "Fall King of the Beach" kingfish tournament is today. Keep and eye out for boats. Don't dive in front of these hook and liners — they're on a mission! There's plenty of room out there.
New dive club: A new dive club has started in the area. The Women's Underwater Dive Association already has more than 20 members and is not just for spearfisherwomen. To find out more contact Cindy Whitaker at email@example.com.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg. Call (727) 344-3483.