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Captains corner: Plentiful mixed bag awaits at 80 to 90 feet

Decent bottom fishing: Bottom fishing at 80 to 90 feet has produced keeper grouper. Good-sized red grouper have started to inhabit many of the Swiss cheese-type limestone bottom spots. If you fish a spot long enough, other fish, such as gag grouper, will be lured over. Undersized reds make up the bulk of the action.

Bait selections: Both live and dead baits are producing. A giant clump of squid with a sardine is the perfect combo for grouper. Key West grunt heads and throats are good dead bait selections. Small fish can only pick at the flesh. After a few minutes of commotion from smaller reef fish attacking these baits, a large grouper will often come over and steal it. More than once this month, our biggest grouper of the day has been caught via this method.

Topwater action: Pelagic action remains consistent at 80 to 90 feet depths, too. Kingfish seem to find us at many of these stops. Cigar minnows are easily accessibly along the edges of the limestone bottom and sand. Cast Sabiki rigs onto the sand to nab these great king baits.

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

Captains corner: Plentiful mixed bag awaits at 80 to 90 feet 09/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 5:55pm]
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