After two very long months in Arizona, I finally made it back to Florida, and back to the Merry Pier in St. Pete Beach. For the last few days, we’ve had a good moon, with a strong incoming tide right at sunrise – ideal conditions for the Pass-A-Grille grouper bite.
Frozen sardines are the ticket. The scent is carried by the tide, and the grouper will quickly find the bait. Look for them in the rocks, structure and ledges around the pier. They are there. And they are big. Most of the fish I’ve been catching are running around 20 inches, but there are plenty of legal fish around too, including some bruisers. Gear up accordingly. When the sun’s been up for an hour, the bite is pretty much over, so get an early start.