Redfish, trout plentiful around the 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.
Captain Geoff Page led me and the "Hooked on Fishing" film crew to a banner day of fishing this week. Negative low tides are good for wading, so in the water we went.
Fishing the Terra Ceia Bay area produced fast action on redfish of all sizes and lots of trout. Scented soft plastic jerk baits on a quarter-ounce jig head was the best bait.
The south shore of Tampa Bay produced good action for captain Terry Russo this week. Russo, fishing with TV personality Mary Delgado, was hooking a trout or redfish on every cast using shrimp. Finding the deeper holes on the flats was the key to success.
Homosassa and Crystal River fishing is very good now, reports captain William Toney. Crystal Bay and up river near the Homosassa Springs have been the hot spots. Toney likes live shrimp, but if they can't be found, use a glow DOA shrimp.
Grouper fishing was good again this week off Pass-a-Grille. Captain Billy Miller and party limited out on big gag grouper to 12 pounds along with mangrove snapper and Hubbard's snapper.
Captain Van Hubbard reports trout and redfish are doing well in Charlotte Harbor. No white bait is around so Hubbard is using small pinfish under a cork. Soft plastics and gold spoons are also getting good action.
Grouper is closed from Feb. 1 to March 31 in all Gulf waters.
Speckled trout is catch and release only until March 1 north of Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
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. Captain Bill Miller hosts "Hooked on Fishing" on Bright House Sports Network, Chan