Trolling For Grouper In Tampa Bay

James Smith
• Tuesday, 26 October, 2021
• 7 min read

Once he located the fish, the Seahorse Down rigger kept him at the precise depth needed to keep em biting! 1 At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, a few Spanish mackerel were caught early before the latest front, but nothing since.

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Decent whiting have been caught, but the water has been churned up, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466). 2 At Madeira Beach, nearshore there are dogfish around a depth of 30 to 70 feet on live shrimp.

The black fin tuna bite is picking up for the pelagic anglers, reports Capt. 4 At Fort De Soto Park, sleepyhead up to 5 pounds are biting around the bridges, the area docks and the marina.

At the pier, sleepyhead are on the pilings, but the water is churned up, reports Joe Berlin of Terra Verde Bait and Tackle (727-864-2108). 5 Around the Sunshine Skyway and lower Tampa, cold weather has pushed gag grouper into the bay.

The shallow reefs and rock piles are holding good numbers of keeper grouper. There’s plenty of snooks, redfish and trout in Terra Can Bay and the mouth of the Manatee River, reports Capt.

6 At Anna Maria, redfish up to 30 inches are up around the docks of Palma Sold and on the west side of the sound around Key Royale. Good-sizes nook are holding at the Rod and Reel Pier, but they’re finicky on the bite, reports Moore.

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7 At St. Petersburg, the gag grouper bite is solid on most structure, around the bridges, the reefs and along the shipping channel. Redfish have moved real shallow and cut bait on the bottom is producing in the deeper holes on the low tides.

8 In the north end of Tampa, good size sleepyhead are biting on most structure, around the bridges and the reefs in the bay. Gag grouper have been caught while trolling along the channel south of Picnic Island.

A few tripletails have been caught while blind casting the markers, reports Andy Bait & Tackle (813-839-5551). • At Homosassa, the offshore gag grouper bite has been good using live pinkish, but cooler water has made the fish sluggish.

Live shrimp are the best bait, but soft plastics along the rocky points along the north shorelines will produce, reports Capt. • At Fort Pierce, lane snapper are biting offshore on the bottom at a depth of 50 to 80 feet.

The Melody Lane Pier and the bridge catwalks are producing sand perch, sleepyhead and black drum. The oyster bars and mangrove edges in the river are also producing sleepyhead, reports the Fishing Center of St. Lucie (772-465-7637).

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This could be anything from the shipping channels inside the bay to rock piles and ledges in the gulf. What you may not know is that many anglers are hauling up this highly desirable big game fish right just outside the waters of Lands End Marina in the bay.

They might take up residence around a small rock, it could be a ledge, or along the vertical wall of a shipping channel. Newcomers or anglers hoping to land fish should look for grouper hiding around any of these types of bottom that provide cover.

Use the current or wind to drop your anchor away from where you're fishing and swing back to the spot. Sometimes adjusting your spot by letting out anchor rope or hauling it in can make a huge difference in catching fish.

Use enough weight to get down and hold, a 2 to 8 ounce sinkers on a 2- to 3-foot heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon leader will reduce break offs. Remember to use circle hooks when bottom fishing to stay compliant with the law.

The four stout rods set off the stern bend against the resistance offered by the thick-lipped plugs digging their way through the indigo-blue Gulf waters. Your guide pulls your attention back to the 10-inch LED screen of the sonar unit perched on the dash.

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You swear you’ve hooked bottom, but the heavy surge you feel on the other end of the line tells you otherwise. The tackle and your back muscles hold out, though, and after a pitched battle your guide sinks a gaff into what’s to become the feature attraction at tonight’s supper table: a 22 pound black grouper.

Both gags and blacks eat mostly squid and small fishes, but are not above taking a lick at just about anything edible-looking that swims by. Usually, though, pursuing grouper involves a trip into water from 50-120 feet deep.

This trick isn’t used today as much as it probably should be: sea turtles still love rocks, but many fishermen, intent on their GPS, will ignore one of these huge reptiles, unaware that there may be a bounty of fish below. In those bygone days, a captain’s ability to find his way back to his favorite glory hole was the stuff of legend and lore.

GPS and incredibly accurate bottom sonars have made it relatively simple to find and return to a productive grouper hole miles from the nearest land-based reference point. Tackle needs to be pretty stout: level-wind and trolling reels are the norm, mounted to beefy fiberglass or graphite rods.

For you prospective visitors to our little piece of paradise, I thought I’d offer my recommendations on the best spots to sample this wonderful creation. (If you don’t catch your own, that is…) Second place is a tie between Cooper’s Restaurant and French’s Saltwater Café on Clearwater Beach.

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