Lobster workshop: Spiny lobster sportsman's miniseason is a couple of weeks away; the two-day season is July 28-29. I will host a free lobster workshop starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Aquatic Obsessions in St. Petersburg. This 90-minute workshop will teach ways to find, catch and prepare lobster in Florida waters. Space is limited so reservations are required and can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's on the bottom: Gag grouper are still in most depths. This past week we found schools of gags sneaking in and out of bait pods in depths as shallow as 35 feet. We consistently found gags out to 90 feet on ledges and wrecks. For divers, the better visibility in these deeper areas gave the grouper the edge. They spotted us early, and many moved off into the safety of the sand. Mangrove snapper are still on every ledge and wreck. More of them are south of Tarpon Springs than north of that area.
What's on the top: Spanish mackerel are tearing up bait pods and putting on a show for divers. Bonita and barracudas are also in the top water mix and are creating a feeding frenzy.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at CaptainBillHardman@gmail.com or (727) 344-3483.