Skyway area has plenty of snapper
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 Billy Miller guided the "Fishing with Bill Miller" film crew and me to an outstanding morning of fishing on Tampa Bay. We started our day easily catching white bait at the Skyway and we headed to some deep grass flats off Pinellas Point. Putting over a frozen chum block, followed by some crippled white baits started a frenzy of activity behind the boat. Quickly coming over the back of the boat were speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, blue fish, lady fish, jacks and small sharks.It didn't take long to catch our limit of keeper trout and a few giant mackerel for the smoker, so we changed plans and headed back to the Skyway. Anchoring back to the bridge and fishing on the bottom around the pilings with white bait produced a limit of big mangrove snapper. The snapper were all legal size and many of them were 2-4 pounds. Fishing in and around Anna Maria Sound is very good now. I fished with captain Mac Gregory and his father last week and we all had triple Grand Slams of snook, redfish and trout. White bait worked best and most of the fish were on the outside bars and not up against the mangroves. Scallops are still going strong in the Homosassa and Crystal River area. The last day of the season is Sept. 24.
To book a charter with captain Bill or his son captain Billy, call (813) 363-9927.