What's hot: Grouper continues to be the easiest target of most trips offshore. This past week, we targeted grouper in depths of 15-150 feet with great results. Live, frozen and artificial bait have been equally successful. The key is concentrating on ledges.
Tips: When a cold front sweeps across the area, blustery north winds make the waters off of the coast a tough place to be even for the fish. With the water losing clarity and currents ripping across the bottom, grouper will find a place to hunker down until things get back to normal. Timing is everything when "storm fishing." If you go out too early, the seas might cancel your trip. Too late, and the fish might have already left. As soon as the winds swing around to an easterly direction, pull the trigger and go.
Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 and fintasticinc.com.