What's hot: Red grouper have moved into the 120- to 140-foot depths. Most are 8 to 15 pounds and are feeding aggressively on live baits. We have been concentrating on the smaller rolls in the bottom with bait shows on them. I prefer to anchor right over the roll and drop baits to the fish. Anchoring ensures that bait gets to the fish on every drop.
Amberjack: Jacks are on just about every wreck and spring in depths of at least 90 feet. On most spots they are averaging 20 to 30 pounds, but some are larger. Target the larger fish by using the biggest baits you can find or sight cast baits or plugs to them. To do the latter, you need plenty of live chummers to get the fish to surface. When they do, get a heavy spinner with a free-lined live bait and try to pitch it to the largest one.
Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at fintasticinc.com or (727) 642-3411.