What's hot: Hogfish are plentiful in most depths and most of our divers have gotten their daily limit. Most hogfish are roaming up and down ledges and some nice-sized ones have made it to rocky areas in the mouth of Tampa Bay. Keeper-size red grouper are in water a little deeper than 60 feet; ones 20-22 inches are mostly in shallower areas. In water deeper than 80 feet, 24- to 26-inch red grouper are being found. Mangrove snappers are still in most depths, but our divers have noticed fewer in their usual haunts. More lobsters have been taken by divers over the past couple of weeks.
Amberjack: Most are found more than 30 miles from shore. In the past week a couple in the 30-pound range were speared off a wreck in 75 feet, just west of Sarasota. The amberjack are moving closer to shore but the big ones are still a long ride from the dock.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 344-3483 and email@example.com.