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Captain's Corner: Warming water means more fish variety soon

Dave Mistretta

Dave Mistretta

Spring migrations: Water temperatures are creeping toward 70 degrees, so soon there will be a variety of fish to target. We had major improvements with many species this past week. We saw migrating schools of white bait moving east en masse.

Bottom fishing: The appetites of gag groupers are getting bigger as the water warms. Live bait worked well for big groupers in 50 feet . We also started to catch keeper red grouper mixed in with abundant gags that were eager to eat a live grunt or pinfish. We were extremely busy with the ferocious appetites of Key West grunts and porgies; small chunks of squid were getting devoured immediately. This past week, all the reef fish woke up and decided to eat, indicating water temps are warming on the bottom. Live shrimp and crabs have also allowed us to catch hog snapper at these same locations. Also landed this week were keeper scamps. This subspecies to the gag grouper is considered one of the most delectable fillets in the gulf.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit

Captain's Corner: Warming water means more fish variety soon 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 7:42pm]
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