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Daily fishing report
By BILL HARDMAN
Published November 19, 2005
Calmer seas over the past couple of weeks have led to improving underwater visibility. Finally, we have visibility good enough to safely spearfish in depths of 55 to 70 feet. Some of our divers had more than 25 feet of visibility while 85 feet down around the Pipeline. The visibility is less in shallower waters but is quickly improving.
The grouper are still scattered on the bottom. They will become more concentrated in the moderate depths when the gulf really starts to cool down. The hogfish reports are good. Many of our divers did well finding hogfish and a few of them got some brown snouters over 6 pounds in depths less than 100 feet, a nice size for that close to shore.
Snappers are still prevalent on the wrecks. Last week, we got a few 6- and 7-pound mangroves off the Mexican Pride even though the visibility was poor. Spiny lobsters are still being found in 80 to 100 feet. It seems the Red Tide pushed most of these lobsters to depths just outside the damage.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg. Call (727) 344-3483.