Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Outstanding blue-water fishing

What's hot? Blue-water fishing for tuna, wahoo and dolphin is outstanding. American red snapper, grouper (gags and reds) and amberjack are excellent. Sid Rice and friends fished 130 miles offshore this past weekend along an area known as the Steps and released a 200-pound blue marlin and caught 20 dolphin as heavy as 30 pounds. The dolphin were along a weed line that ran north-south for 14 miles. We fished with Dr. Craig Hammock, a young Marine and college buddy, in 90 feet and caught red grouper as heavy as 16 pounds, American red snapper and 20-pound amberjack over a shipwreck in 120 feet.

Tackle and bait: Rice was trolling six lines using skirts and ballyhoo. The blue marlin hit a pink and yellow skirted ballyhoo. Most of the dolphin hit light-colored skirted ballyhoo. They picked up one 25-pound wahoo but no tuna. We caught most of our grouper on dead baits. The American red snapper preferred dead bait as well. Our biggest grouper were caught while drifting live pinfish over hard bottom in 92 feet of water west of John's Pass.

Larry "Huffy" Hoffman charters out of John's Pass, Treasure Island. Call (727) 709-9396 or send e-mail to

Outstanding blue-water fishing 06/30/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2008 12:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays Tales: With Rays surprising buyers, a look back at previous deadline deals

    The Heater

    The buildup to this July 31 trading deadline is different for the Rays, for the rudimentary reason that they are working — feverishly, from what we hear — to add on to a team they feel has a legitimate chance to make a playoff run.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a strike to open up the first inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
  2. Former Rays/current Cubs manager Joe Maddon featured on NBC Sunday news show


    Former Rays and current Cubs manager Joe Maddon will be featured on this week's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" show at 7 p.m. on NBC, the Harry Smith interview covering not just Maddon's on-field accomplishments but his extensive efforts to help his hometown of Hazleton, Pa.

    "Here's what's so …

    Joe Maddon talking with NBC News' Harry Smith.
  3. For starters: Souza returns to lineup



  4. Ronde Barber: Want intimidation? Look at past Bucs teams


    Ronde Barber says these days "it's hard to find throwbacks, where you go, 'That guy is a badass.' Where do you find that now? It's such a show-off sport." (Times 2012)