Spring is here: Wednesday marks the first day of spring. Finally, the weather is cooperating, allowing us to venture west. Kingfish were not found in large numbers, but plenty of options were presented to us.
What's hot: Large amberjack have started their trek to the east from far out in the gulf. Numerous wrecks, large ledges and underwater springs hold decent numbers. We succeeded using large pinfish for bait. We found giant schools of pinfish loitering on shell/sand bottoms about 25 miles out. During winter, this is common for full-grown pinfish. Once the water warms up, they migrate back closer to shore.
What else: Bottom fishing remains strong in 50-65 feet. Large Key West grunts have filled the void for grouper during the past few months. Gag grouper also have migrated to these depths. Even though gag grouper season is not open, the thrill of accidently hooking one is still impressive.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.