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Captains corner: Offshore trips produce red grouper, kingfish and mahimahi

Offshore action: Red grouper action remains strong in 75 feet and deeper. We've been catching our limit (four per person; 20 inches or more in length). Most baits are working on these fish, especially octopus tentacles. This interesting bait has a wiggle to it as it drifts, driving the red grouper wild. Its texture is comparable to rubber, allowing multiple fish to be caught on the same piece. Adding a piece of squid to a live minnow or pinfish works, too.

Other species: Large Spanish sardines and cigar minnows have been prevalent and can be caught with a gold hook rig. Immediately toss these live baits off the back. Kingfish up to 30 pounds have been common. A few large cobia have also visited our offerings.

Other pelagic fish: A few mahimahi have been cruising in depths of 90 feet and deeper. A small jig or chunk of sardine will get their attention. Dice up a few pieces of sardine first to get these fish eating.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit

Captains corner: Offshore trips produce red grouper, kingfish and mahimahi 06/16/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 16, 2012 8:15pm]
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