There are many ways and water depths to catch grouper. Shallow water grouper fishing is my expertise; I have mastered the art of grouper fishing in state waters inside of nine miles of the Adventure Coast. I target these fish in six to twelve feet of water and, depending on the conditions, I either use live pilchards or plugs to catch the gags.
This is the gear I use:
For fishing gags in June, get out early because the bite will be quick. You might get a keeper or two per rock. They will fire up fast and turn away fast in summer months so have a game plan of rocks or ledges you want to hit before the heat takes over.
Live pilchards are my go-to bait but you can also use dead thread fins and Boston mackerel.
The deeper you go, the longer the bite may stay going as the water is a little cooler at the bottom. I know a lot of guys that will hit the 50-70 foot offshore depth range and have a steady bite.
Tarpon are still here to catch as well. Book your trip soon to catch the fish of a lifetime.
Note: Hernando County is the southernmost area to catch and keep spotted trout, redfish and snook. South of the Hernando/Pasco county line is catch and release only as a fisheries replenishment measure.