Running deep can pay big dividends. This area is known for its grouper and snapper fishing, but there is also a great, virtually untapped pelagic fishery out there. The Loop Current, part of the Gulf Stream, is a great place for offshore trolling, with catches of white and blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo and mahimahi along with blackfin and yellowfin tuna. But that is not the only place to fish out there. By studying a bathymetric chart, which shows the contours of the bottom, you can locate areas where the depth can change as much as 100 feet in less than a mile. The deep water currents near the bottom will collide with these large underwater mountains and create upwellings of water, which will attract many smaller creatures and start a food chain.
Steve Papen charters out of Indian Shores and can be reached at (727) 642-3411 and fintasticinc.com.