Offshore wrecks: Flounder are around wrecks in 80 feet of water and shallower. Above the flounder are mangrove snapper and schools of bait. Spanish mackerel are in groups of five to 10 fish as they hunt the bait. Deeper than 70 feet, legal-size amberjack are around wrecks. The large schools of winter amberjack seem to be gone and most keeper-size fish are in groups of three to eight fish.
Offshore ledges: The hogfish population on the ledges is still fairly strong. And there is a huge number of large gag grouper there, too. On two ledges in less than 70 feet of water there were two gags that topped 35 pounds.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 344-3483 and firstname.lastname@example.org.