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Angler capitalizes on rare opportunity

GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.

Kelly Langellier had a very unusual Tampa Bay catch last week. Fishing with Rick Yarrington, Langellier caught a bonefish.

Yarrington and Langellier were jigging for pompano in the Pinellas Point area using pink pompano jigs when the bonefish was caught, photographed and released. Also included in the catch were pompano, permit, speckled trout and bluefish.

Bonefish are mainly caught in South Florida and the tropics, but every so often some are caught in our area.

Chris Harrel and friends had a catch of a lifetime while tarpon fishing with captain Billy Miller. They caught a tarpon that, using the length and girth measuring formula, was estimated to weigh 200 pounds. The giant tarpon was caught, photographed and released off St. Pete Beach.

The Sunshine Skyway fishing piers report good mangrove snapper fishing at night. The best technique is using whole greenbacks fished near the pilings.

During the day, Spanish mackerel, pompano, grouper and silver trout are biting.

Captain Steve Bonnel says mangrove snapper are hot in 35 feet of water off Clearwater. Bonnel likes to use a double hook chicken rig baited with squid.

Charlotte Harbor back country fishing is good for anglers throwing artificial baits. Michael Rheems has been tearing up the snook to 32 inches, redfish and trout using a suspending Sebille stick bait.

Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on the World Fishing Network on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Friday at 3 a.m. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller (813) 363-9927.

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