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Gag grouper, triggerfish, white grunts and some mangrove snapper fed aggressively in the 60- to 80-foot depths in between the past two fronts.

By DAVE ZALEWSKI
Published December 7, 2006


What's hot: Gag grouper, triggerfish, white grunts and some mangrove snapper fed aggressively in the 60- to 80-foot depths in between the past two fronts. Great bottom fishing continues every time the water clears and seas calm enough to venture offshore. Also, kingfish are holding close to larger structures 40 feet and deeper.

Tactics: Kingfish have been staying deep near schools of bait evident on a fish finder. Presenting bait near the fish is critical. Spoons or plugs should be trolled behind No. 2 or No. 3 planers. A No. 4 will produce but requires heavy tackle. Live baiters should resort to downriggers to present the baits in the strike zone.

Tips: Targeting bottom fish this time of year requires an assortment of baits. Frozen squid and sardines along with a livewell of pinfish should be a starting point. Squirrelfish can be caught on sandy bottom near hard bottom. Small ones can be fished like pinfish, hooking them above the anal fin. Larger squirrelfish can be butterflied and hooked in the shoulder or used by cutting them in half.

Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach and can be reached at 727 397-8815 or Luckytoo2@aol.com.