"Basically, there are three steps to successful grouper fishing," McMillen told me as we made the run from Tarpon Springs into the Gulf of Mexico. "You have to first find the fish, then make the presentation, and finally get them to the boat. I've found some of my best spots simply by putting the time in, looking and fishing dead water. Storms cover up some smaller structure and expose others. The really big rock piles and artificial reefs always remain exposed, however, and they get constant pressure from anglers and divers. Yes, they'll hold big fish on occasion, but not for long, so I generally avoid them. Instead, I look for spots that I describe as beehives, smaller formations with holes where the grouper can get in and hide."