For offshore anglers looking to catch dinner, red grouper is one of the top targets right now. Late summer is one of the best seasons to pursue the most abundant grouper species on the gulf coast. Catching them is not difficult. Red grouper are typically one of the easiest fish to coax into feeding. Fresh cut bait or frozen sardines will often outfish the friskiest live baits. Still, it is a good idea to have some big, live pinfish to grab the last few biters off a spot. We usually fish all dead bait until the bite dies down then drop a live bait or two to tempt any finicky reds or gag grouper that may have been drawn to the commotion. One thing we do different this time of year is drift fish. Dead calm afternoon conditions allow you to drift slowly enough to fish the bottom. This works perfectly for red grouper, which are often spread out over large patches of hardbottom. When drifting, be sure to use enough weight to keep your bait near the bottom. In less than 100 feet of water, 6 or 8 ounces is usually sufficient. Be sure to hook your bait in such a manner that it does not spin as you drop or drift. If it "helicopters" through the water, it will not work and may twist your line. Cutting your bait into tapered streamlined shapes and placing the hook on one end will allow tangle-free presentations. It also will look a bit more natural as it moves across the bottom. Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at (727) 944-3474.