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Captains Corner: Something's biting from in close to the deep wrecks on the west coast of Florida

Great all over: Large schools of tarpon are moving along the shoreline of the beaches. Toss a live pinfish in front of the school's path and hang on. Many of these fish weigh more than 150 pounds.

Spanish mackerel have been along the beaches and within a mile of shore. Small jigs, spoons and minnows offered during good tidal movement work best.

Offshore, red grouper are biting at depths of 80 feet and deeper. American red snapper can be found at many of these same locations. The deeper you travel, the bigger the fish.

Gag grouper are present near the deeper ledges and rocks. The spots at depths of 40 feet and closer have pretty much been picked over. Try a bit deeper.

Late-season kingfish can be found at many wrecks and artificial reefs holding baitfish. Amberjack are also still present near many of the wrecks. The deeper wrecks at 80 feet or more are the best spots to try using big blue runners.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 595-3276, e-mail or see

Captains Corner: Something's biting from in close to the deep wrecks on the west coast of Florida 06/14/09 [Last modified: Sunday, June 14, 2009 8:35pm]
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