What's hot: Because of its short stay, Tropical Storm Andrea had little effect on offshore fishing. The water clarity at 30-foot depths has improved greatly, and it is not necessary to travel much farther for great fishing. Red grouper, gag grouper, white grunts and triggerfish have provided almost nonstop action. The 40- to 45-foot depths produced plenty of fish as long as we took the time to put the boat in the most advantageous position.
Tip: Gag grouper like higher profile structure in the area, while the red grouper are not as particular. In the past, summertime red grouper fishing required depths of at least 80 feet. Experience showed that the larger fish tended to locate on the edges of the limestone where it transitioned to sand. The smaller fish would seek interior areas of the Swiss-cheese bottom. This has been holding true for the shallow-water red grouper. Pay attention to the fish finder to find these areas and take the time to anchor correctly.
Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.