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A smorgasbord of fish on Tampa Bay

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller. Variety was the name of the game for captain Dave Walker, who took the "Hooked on Fishing" crew on Tampa Bay and put us on a smorgasbord of fish. Fishing deep grass and the edge of the ships channel, we caught speckled trout, some of the biggest silver trout I have caught in a long time, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, sea bass, grouper and jacks on topwater plugs. We also hooked a couple of big sharks we could not land. Cobia also were spotted during our half-day on Tampa Bay. James Derrick and grandfather Bill Dumansky have been having fun fishing from the Skyway piers. Mackerel and trout have been easy catches.
Lobster season in the Florida Keys got off to a great start this past week, according to Dave Laggner and Jason Gell. Lobster limits easily were reached during a morning's dive, and the afternoons produced great fishing for yellowtail and mangrove snapper. Laggner also caught a 30-pound bull dolphin trolling ballyhoo around the weed lines on the Atlantic side of Little Torch Key. Chris Petry and David Rhea have been catching good tarpon by soaking fresh menhaden on the bottom off Anna Maria and Longboat Key beaches. Larry Rudisill has been using the same technique with good results while tarpon fishing along the swim buoys of Pass-a-Grille and St. Pete Beach. White bait is growing up to usable size and can be found along the Gulf beaches close to shore and over the inside grass flats.

Captain Bill Miller hosts "Hooked on Fishing" on Bright House Sports Network, Channel 47. To book a charter with captain Bill or his son captain Billy, call (813) 363-9927.

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