Lots of fish: Recent strong winds and rough seas have kept most boats in port. Now that the winds have calmed, offshore action will be rewarding. There will be fresh batches of fish at many locations.
Bottom fishing: Expect gag grouper to start working their way toward shallower depths in the next few weeks. As September approaches we will see more of these types of grouper at 70- and 80-foot depths. Until now, there wasn't much action for the gag grouper. Red grouper, however, have been abundant since early this spring. Limits of one per person have been met with ease at depths of 80 feet and deeper. Expect red grouper to gather at these same depths and maybe a bit closer. Mangrove snapper should also be available at many locations until late September. They are full of roe and more aggressive at this time. Check the wrecks and larger structure for these tasty fish.
Cobia: Before the rough weather, we started to see the fall migration of large cobia on many of the offshore wrecks. They were quite receptive to live baits. These curious fish have been coming directly to the boat once we arrive, making it easy to present bait.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at [email protected], jawstoo.com or (727) 595-3276.