They are always out there, I was getting them when it was blowing 20kts out of the east about a week ago. They dont care how rough it is only we do.
Ok I wasn't sure I checked out alot of the crap trap coming back from yest around 4-5pm and I didn't really see any. I was wondering if maybe they didn't like the 1-2 ft waves then. I have caught them in the bay on bouys but never had much luck in the gulf.
I have only seen one that large once. It was in the Keys on debris and I couldn't get a bait to it for all the dolphin and triggers. When I would get close enough to catch it (and keep the other fish off), it would swim off... It was a frustrating day..