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Captain's Corner: Work hard for grouper

Offshore action: Red and gag grouper action remains steady. If rods don't bend in the first few minutes, we move on. Some days, it takes 10 stops to find keepers. It can make you work hard, but the results are worth it. We brought home more than 15 keepers every day this week. The better gag grouper seem to be in 70 feet and shallower, red grouper predominantly in 80 feet and deeper.

Different approach: We dragged the anchor from one stop to another. This is for experienced boaters only. One mistake, and the anchor can get wrapped in the propeller. While the anchor trails behind the boat, you can monitor the sonar more intensely because speeds are often less than 10 mph. We found three new spots this week while dragging the anchor. Each produced at least six keepers within a few minutes.

Another approach: Drifting also works. Light winds are key. The slower the boat moves, the more time grouper will have to investigate your offering along the bottom.

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

Captain's Corner: Work hard for grouper 07/31/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:45pm]
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