Grouper Need a Little Goosing in the Cold

Offshore: Bottom fishing has been affected by cold fronts, so anglers need patience. We had a great grouper bite in 60 feet of water, but it took 15 minutes before the big fish ate. The first few baits were mostly rejected. A porgy or grunt would nibble, then back away. A change in our presentation got the fish biting.

Tactic: When fish nibbled, we instantly dropped the rod tip, allowing 6 inches of line to go slack. Each time we did a drop, the grunts would grab the bait with more commitment. After about five minutes, the big grouper joined in.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit

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