As mid June approaches us we are faced with the most wind I have experienced for this time of year. When we can get out for a day on the Gulf the fishing is wonderful. Deeper or cooler water will help you determine where you need to be. As in all fishing the location of oxygen is highly important. Cooler water seems to be where I find the oxygen and fish. Springs seem to hold more fish in the deeper gulf than the shallow water. If you are one of the lucky ones with spring GPS numbers... this is a good time of year to use them.
All depths are producing sharks. Start in eighteen feet to see keeper grouper, but do not be surprised to catch many shorts. We have been catching a lot of Sea Trout in the short size on our fly rods as well as some nice Redfish on Eppinger gold spoon flies; we are catching a lot of small trout in 5 foot of water on Salt Water Assassins (electric chicken). When we take out the bigger boat we have been catching and releasing about 40 grouper each trip. Just recently Mr. Lee from Tampa Outfitters was very disappointed having to throw back many keeper size gag grouper but managed to catch a lot of fish to take home including some nice Red Grouper. Hopefully I will have a great report for July as Gag Grouper season open July 1st.
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