Off and on: Trolling for Spanish mackerel the past 10 days has been either great or a waste of time. The schools appear to be in a migratory mode, present for one or two days. When they're here, there has been nonstop action when trolling No. 1 planers, 30 feet of monofilament leader and a Nos. 0 or 1 gold spoon at 6 knots near any marker between Egmont Key and Nos. 5 and 6.
What's hot: Trolling for gag grouper on hard-bottom areas interspersed with ledges in 25-35 feet of water has been productive. They are catch-and-release now.
Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.