Captain’s Report

Oct
26
What's biting the hooks for fall 2020

As water temps cool,migrations of many fish move our way. Kingfish are the main topic . When they hit a bait at speeds of over 30mph, its quite a thrill. Bigger kingfish can often peel 400 yards of line off in one single run.


Bottom fishing is also another option for a great day on the water. Gag grouper have started their migration towards our coastline. Travel time to get to these areas are often with in 20 miles from shore. Even the red grouper populations have moved within 30 miles from our coast.


I have always referred to Water temps in the 70's as "MAGICAL". .....and there is good reason. Numerous species of game fish are migrating along our coast line during these fall months, a...


Oct
05
We look forward to fishing with you


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Feb
03
Fishing report for Captain Dave Mistretta January 2020 Published in the Tampa Bay Times Sports Section- weekly fishing report


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Mild weather has been allowed many anglers to get out on the water. Calm seas have made all options easier for an offshore adventure. We fished within 20 miles and was rewarded with gag groupers, snappers, grunts and porgies. The gag grouper season is closed for recreational anglers until June, but still provide some great catch and release action. A quick picture before releasing them back to the wild, can still serve up some impressive bragging rights.

Commercial gag grouper season remains open. This confuses many clients, since they see the fresh grouper on the menu, but have to release a big gag grouper. It’s the way our fish regulations are set up. Commercial and recreational fi...


Dec
19
FISHING REPORT FOR THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

We've been experiencing numerous days with blustery winds related to cold fronts. Anglers can still get some good action in between the rough weather days. Timing your outing between the unruly weather is key. We normally inform clients ahead of time, During this month of December, they have a 50 /50 chance of getting out. Water temperatures have not plummeted to the low sixties yet, so we still have multiple migrations of fish in the area.

Kingfish and Spanish mackerel are still being caught by anglers trolling cleaner water conditions between fronts. Water depths of 30 to 60 feet of water seem to be the most productive depths to troll at this time. A few rogue kings are still being landed o...


Dec
03
December 2019 Fishing Report

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Captain Dave and his Jawstoo Pro Team have been writing for the Times for over 25 years celebrating over 35 years of business . Voted #1 charter boat for 2019


Fishing report for Dave Mistretta Published in the Tampa Bay Times December 1st 2019


Calm waters between cold fronts have allowed anglers to explore many depths in the gulf. A variety of fish have been available. We opted to try some inshore ledges within 20 mile. Our reward was some nice sized gag groupers. Not all rocky areas have been replenished from last years red tide, but we noticed positive activity on many spots. Many locations also held smaller undersized fish as well.


Red grouper activity has also picked up for anglers travel ...


Oct
07
SEPTEMBER 2019 FISHING REPORT

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JAWSTOO CAPTAIN DAVE MISTRETTA

WE ARE CELEBRATING 36 YEARS OF BIZ AUG 3RD 2019


Here's one of the captains most recent columns from the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

Jawstoo Pro Team has again been voted #1 charter boat again! IRB Indian Rocks Beach Florida


Only a matter of days before cooler air heads our way. Dropping temperatures will bring new migrations of fish. Kingfish are the most common game fish grasping anglers attention. There are a few other specialty fish that attracts fishermen as well. The gag grouper can often arrive about the same time as the kingfish. They will normally settle in shallower depths as water temps begin to cool.

Water temps need to drop below eighty degrees before th...


Jul
11
June and July 2019

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An extraordinary heat wave has had the fish acting flaky at times this past 2 weeks. Higher than normal air temperatures, means higher than normal water temperatures. Fish will often tend to lay low in the heat of the day. Shallower waters will heat up by 4 degrees by the end of the day, especially if the sun is out. We even find the fish taking a siesta during the heat of the day offshore, in deeper waters as well.

We noticed many of the groupers we caught recently have been spitting up small crustaceans, Many types of offshore reef and spider crabs. This is a tell tale sign that the groupers are feeding during the evening hours, when its not so hot. That's when the small crabs leave their ...


May
07
May 2019 Fishing Report


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We enter a transitional month for fishing. Migratory fish are moving in all directions throughout the gulf. We have kingfish settling in areas that have a consistent food source.

Tarpon already idling down the beaches beginning their annual pre spawn ritual. Red grouper are following in the spanish sardine schools, making their way towards our coastline.


Sharks invading many areas quite willing to bite your prized catch in half during battle. Giant goliath grouper are also making their annual appearance, taking residency for the summer on many wreck locations . The month of May always seems to be a month that anything is possible, since many species are on the move.


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Mar
18
FISHING REPORT FOR CAPTAIN DAVE MISTRETTA PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES BAY TIMES MARCH 18TH 20219

VOTED TOP 10 SPORTS INDIAN ROCKS BEACH FISHING CHARTERS IRB FLORIDA 33785


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Captain's Corner



Fishing has been exceptional for the past week. We targeted kingfish for most of the week, with success. The fish were ranging from 6 to 30 pounds. They were congregated in large schools, and we found them in 30 to 70 feet of water.



It was easy to get them to bite.



Kings have been migrating for hundreds of miles, so their appe tites are large. For bait, we used mostly threadfin herring and cigar minnows. They were accessible by drifting a mile or so outside the pass, over the sandy bottom.



We used gold-hook bait



rigs to load the wells. We also got a few fish on blue runners. Bonuses to the king action...


Feb
13
FEBRUARY 2019 FISHING REPORT



Bull shark & a Goliath Grouper the same time





wow are chartered battled endless amounts of amberjack and then end of the bite with a giant finale of a 350 next to a giant bull shark both came to surface same time and we got this great