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Catch-and-release snook a hot ticket

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

Snook fishing has been great this week.

Captain Billy Miller guided his clients to a day of 50 catch-and-release snook, with 10 measuring more than 30 inches and five more more than 40. Big horse minnows were the key bait.

The Bay Pines area was a hot spot for Tim Zimmerman. Fishing late in the afternoon and using scaled sardines, Zimmerman released 10 snook between 30 and 40 inches.

Manatee County fishing guide captain Scott Moore reports good snook fishing along the beaches, with hungry tarpon mixed in.

The Sarasota area passes, sea walls and docks have been good snook spots for captain Rick Grassett. Using a combination of Zara Spooks, She Dogs and glass minnow flies, Grassett has been putting his clients onto hot snook action.

Tarpon is a hot target in Tampa Bay. Bootleg, Gadsden Point and Mermaid Point all have produced good tarpon catches for anglers using live pinfish under corks and fresh-cut shad on the bottom.

Rick Redd caught and released numerous tarpon on a fly rod this week fishing in the Anna Maria Island area. The dark purple tarpon bunny has been the best fly.

Billy Caldwell caught and released three sailfish 50 miles off of Boca Grande. Also included in the catch was blackfin tuna and bull dolphin.

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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