Bottom fishing: Gag grouper fishing remains strong along our coast. We have caught our limit effortlessly for the past month. A few red grouper have been mixed in with the gags, but you cannot count on them consistently.
Backbreakers: Luckily, we have amberjack to target for the rest of the year. We also have been consistently catching our limit on large jacks. All of the normal spots are producing. Any wreck or offshore spring 100 feet or deeper has been abundant with these game fish.
Big macks: Kingfish have been more of a chore to catch. If the weather warms, we will definitely see an insurgence of the giant macks for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of our biggest fall kingfish are landed during this time. The mullet spawn is definitely a large draw for these big macks. Giant schools of mullet are showing up in preparation for their annual spawn, luring in many big kings. Some seasons will last into December if the weather remains warm.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or see www.jawstoo.com.