What's hot: The weather is hot, leading many species in the gulf to change their eating habits.
Large macks: Depths of 40 feet and deeper are holding blue runners, which attract large kings. They are more apt to grab a bait presented deeper in cooler depths. This normally happens when water temperatures rise to 80 degrees. Clean water conditions will make hooks more visible. We have best success with deeper presentations when the sun is at its highest because it hides the hooks and leaders. Down-riggers are important, especially when trolling.
Grouper: Tides are important to monitor. But the hottest part of the day often slows the feeding habits of bottom dwellers. Morning and late afternoons are best for catching keepers. Dead baits work because they are an easy offering.
Tackle change up: Downscaling the size of tackle often will get great results from pickier fish. Sometimes, we lose fish, but at least we had the opportunity. As the summer progresses and water clarity becomes an issue for more bites, these are important tools that will help you get more bites.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.