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Daily fishing report

By DAVE MISTRETTA
Published October 3, 2006


Grouper fishing is picking up in our shallower depths. The past 10 days we've had decent grouper action in 70 to 80 feet of water. Eight to 10 keepers reds and gags were caught during eight-hour outings. Spanish sardines and blue runners are also being found at these same depths. This positive change is caused by the cooling of water temps.

Even with the small smattering of Red Tide along our beaches, fish seem to be moving in. Schools of small minnows are balled up tight along the beaches and passes, luring in thousands of Spanish mackerel. Fish have been leaping from the water as they attacked the schooled up minnows. The morning and late afternoon hours are the most active. This is normally the prelude to our fall run of kingfish. Water temps will dictate the exact arrival, but you will see a few by next week within a few miles of the beach.

Fish where the most surface activity is. The predator fish will often corral the minnows into a tight ball before attacking. This often takes a few minutes. Once the baits are swimming in tight ball, the action starts.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 595-3276, e-mail jawstoo@msn.com or see jawstoo.com.