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Silver trout, macks among top targets

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller. Silver trout continue to be an easy target, as Steve McGucken and family filled their cooler in the Weedon Island power plant channel. Tandem Love Lures and jig heads with a small piece of shrimp, fished along the bottom, provided non-stop action. The mouth of the Gandy Boat Ramp channel also has lots of silvers. I fished on the south Skyway fishing pier this week with the "Fishing with Bill Miller" film crew. We had a fun day catching Spanish mackerel casting silver spoons. Bonitas also were attacking the spoons and giving anglers the fight of their lives. Anglers fishing fresh cut greenbacks on the bottom were catching big blue fish and silver trout. The day we were there, the deep end of the south pier was the hot spot and the fish bit best on the incoming tide.
Paul Bristow reports that shark fishing at the Apollo Beach power plant is good. Bristow, who fishes from a kayak, said lots of black tips and some bulls are there. Fresh fish carcasses and other stinky cut bait have been getting the most action. A few cobia were spotted and some pompano and big mackerel also were caught casting jigs in the warm water plume. Sail fishing at Los Suenos, Costa Rica, is red hot, according to Billy Caldwell. His group has been averaging 18-20 sails a day to the boat with many more hooked and lost. All of the fish are being caught on 20-pound mono main line, 50-pound fluorocarbon leaders and rigged ballyhoo and mullet with circle hooks. A few blue marlin, up to 300 pounds, have been caught. Captain Terry Stansil, a Tarpon Springs native, reports via Facebook that blue and black marlin and big tuna fishing in Tonga is outstanding with marlin to 800 pounds. Stansil and crew are exploring South Pacific fishing and following the path of famed angler and outdoors writer Zane Gray.

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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