What's hot: Grouper action remains steady in 60 feet and deeper. Numerous stops have been needed to find fish. Some days, we need 10 stops to find keepers. If a rod doesn't double over in a few minutes, we move. This aggressive method of grouper digging sometimes requires extra work, but the results have been well worth it. We have brought home more than 12 keepers every day this week.
Tips: A mixture of gag and red grouper can be taken using this intense searching method. More gag groupers seem to be coming in from 70 feet and closer, while red grouper are more predominant below 80 feet.
Technique: We drag the anchor from each stop, a type of fishing for experienced boaters only. One mistake and the anchor could get wrapped in the propeller. Years of practice have perfected this search for grouper, reducing the time of manually pulling the anchor after each stop. As the anchor trails behind the boat you can also monitor the sonar more intensely since speeds are often less than 10 mph. We found three new spots this week while dragging the anchor. Each of them produced at least six keepers within minutes.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.