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Captains corner: Offshore trips can produce mixed bag as red snapper winds down

What's hot: Offshore fishing returned to normal shortly after Tropical Storm Debby left. Many options are available to anglers right now. Red snapper season was extended through Monday, and anglers choosing to make the 40- to 50-mile trip out will be rewarded with their two-per-person bag limit on most days.

Tips: Instead of opting for the long ride offshore, many anglers have opted to target gag and red grouper, vermillion snapper, porgies and white grunts. The 60- to 90-foot depths have produced nonstop action. We have been participating in a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission grouper tagging program, and our observation is that both red and gag grouper travel very little from their home location. If a tagged fish is caught, record the length of the fish, latitude and longitude (only the first four digits are required, so as not to reveal your "secret" spot) and date caught, and then call toll-free 1-800-367-4461 to submit the information.

Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.

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Captains corner: Offshore trips can produce mixed bag as red snapper winds down

07/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:15pm]

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