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Charter recommendations for Middle Grounds

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First check and see what is open Gag Grouper/Red Snapper may be closed leaving Red Grouper and AJ thus not worth long ride to Middle Grounds, Oh did I mention it is one Hot Sob and even many local guides run only half day from 5 am to noon if at all.

 

Call up TWO GEORGES out of Tarpon Springs or Viking Fleet out of Maderia beach (Hubbards Marnia) June/ July in big Bend Area N of Tampa Cobia are around as well as King Fish. Go out early and in by noon

 

Lot of locals don't even go out from mid June to late august, mid september here in Big Bend water temp in mid 90's and then thunder bumpers roll in and FL is lightning Capitol of USA ,hell even Bait Barge is gone for summer

 

Recommend mid April or mid Oct to Late Nov (kIds in school and not many snow birds (Less Boat traffic)

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Dave Mistretta, or T-Kat in Indian Rocks beach, or Pistolero out of Clearwater are good, but to me the middle grounds aren't worth it for a one day trip..


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Definately check out the Viking Fleet. Gags and Red snapper will open this summer. Go gettum!!! There are some HUGE gags out there, be sure to take along some decent live baits. Diamond jigs, 6oz-10oz, will also slay them!! You may get some looks at first, but soon others will asking if you have any jigs to sell/loan.

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Hubbards in Johns Pass. Near St Pete. Very good overnight trip to the grounds. Leaves friday at 3 PM returns early sunday morning. 39 hour trip. Great people. Affordable too!!   have fun


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