What's hot: Large kingfish and grouper have been the talked-about catches recently. Anglers are reporting gag grouper in 40 feet of water. It took a few days for things to recover from the cold front, but once the water cleared the fishing improved.
Large mackerel: Big kingfish normally arrive in packs ravaging mullet, ladyfish and mackerel along our coastline. You cannot count on their presence every day, but if you are lucky enough to locate them, it's quite a thrill. Forty-plus-pounders can often be taken during these fall months.
Grouper: The gags have been consistent in depths of 40 to 60 feet of water. Anglers have been getting their limit of two per person with ease, during normal weather conditions. Drastic weather changes (extreme cold fronts) can often shut down the bite for a day or two. Once things calm, they will get hungry again. My advice: Take advantage of the great weather days and get out on the water. Big fish are there to be taken.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or see www.jawstoo.com.