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Captain's Corner: Macks show up off coast of west-central Florida

Kingfish: Big macks are on just about every rock 10 miles and farther out. Most are averaging about 10 pounds. Live threadfin herring and Spanish sardines have been our baits of choice. Kings have been found at numerous depths, too. It seems as if many of the migrations have been showing up about two to three weeks behind schedule.

Bottom fishing: Grouper has become more of a challenge. We have been able to get some keepers, but the bite is not nearly as aggressive as it was last month. After a few challenging days hunting gag grouper in shallower depths, we opted to go deep for red grouper. A few weeks ago this tactic didn't work. This week we reached our limit of red groupers in 80 feet of water within an hour. Our limit of kingfish was found on the same spots.

Migrating sailfish: A large push of flying fish migrated through the area last week. This lured in good numbers of sailfish. This is the norm each spring. You can often find blackfin tuna the same way. If you see a lot of flying fish offshore, expect tuna to be close behind.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at jawstoo@msn.com, jawstoo.com or (727) 439-2628.

Captain's Corner: Macks show up off coast of west-central Florida 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:54pm]

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