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Gag grouper rank among top targets

The GO FISHING look at the area angling scene for Sunday, Aug. 4. Today: Bill Miller. Captain Billy Miller reports that Maximo Marina has been tearing up the shallow water gag grouper. Miller has been fishing the gulf waters to 35 feet and inside of Tampa Bay. Jason Byer and Brad Whery, fishing with Miller, limited out on gags near the Sunshine Skyway using live pinfish. All of the fish were between 10 and 15 pounds. Tarpon have been active along St. Pete Beach. Big schools of glass minnows and small fry bait have shown up and the tarpon are feeding heavily on them. If you see a red or purple spot in the water, it most likely means the tarpon, sharks and big Spanish mackerel have corralled the bait and are feeding on it. Toss anything alive or a quick retrieved lure through the frenzy and hold on.
Redfish are schooling up on Pinellas Point, according to Mastry's Tackle. Weedless gold spoons will catch them as will live white bait. Speckled trout fishing is good in the Fort De Soto area. Water temperature is key to finding the fish on the flats. I had great action at daylight on top water She Dogs in 3-4 feet and as the sun came up and warmed the flats 6 feet was the magic depth for a soft plastic bounced over the deep grass. Scallops reports from MacRaes of Homosassa continue to be good. Easy limits can be found north of the Homosassa River. Amberjack and trigger fish are now open for recreational anglers. Check www.myfwc.com for all the regulations. For more information, visit www.fishingwithbillmiller.com. To book a charter with captain Bill or his son captain Billy, call (813) 363-9927.
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