On Show Me the Fish Charters running my custom 31 ft Morgan sport fisherman operating out of the Bradenton Beach marina—our parties are enjoying limit catches of great gulf amberjack, red grouper, scamp, mangrove snappers and porgy's to fill up the coolers for the meat hunters.
Best action is out past 100 ft on most any wreck, or spring for the amberjack and snapper using large live baits and pinfish for the Aj's and smaller live and cut bait for the snappers. On the red grouper we target Swiss cheese type hard bottom in about 120 ft plus this time of year— the best bet for the monsters is in 140 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island and Longboat key.
For the grouper I usually start out using sardines and squid to get the party started, adding a lot of scent in the water, then serving large live baits for the fire truck red grouper. This time of year you have to pick your days and fish after the cold fronts and you will be rewarded with a trip of a lifetime. Now is the time to come on out and get ya some!!