The best action these days has been with a multitude of amberjacks and a variety of snappers – all that you can handle! Also mixed in when we fish offshore, are banded rudderfish, porgies, mangrove snapper, triggerfish, big sheephead, different kinds of sharks. They aren't in season, we've been getting a lot of catch and release gag and red grouper, even though we weren't trying to catch them. We were actually even fishing in areas where there usually aren't that many, which means when season does come around again, we will be catching an immense amount! It's almost like these grouper know they have immunity deal, where we can't get them, but come April 1st, it's game on again!
In my opinion, the hottest action is still out past 100 ft offshore, using live baits, because they seem to bring in the greatest catches. The tip of the week is that there are a bunch of huge sheep head out there, close or even IN artificial reefs, offshore of Anna Maria Island. These bad boys will be out there for another 2 weeks spawning, and that makes them quite hungry! This winter has been a tough one, with only one or two a week days calm enough to even head offshore. What that means, is that you should be ready for that window of opportunity, because you will be rewarded with a great catch. Offshore fish are still biting ,even in this cold weather. Like I always say: now is the time to head out deep, because the action is guaranteed to heat you up!
Capt Larry McGuire
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Operating out of the Cortez Fshing Center, Bradenton, Fl.