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Go Fishing: Redfish prevalent at Tampa area locations

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

Good redfish reports are coming in from Cooper’s Point, Mobbly Bay and Double Branch in Upper Tampa Bay.

Dennis Lindeman has been doing well on the reds around the Howard Frankland Bridge and the 4th Street area, around Grassy Point, is holding some nice redfish schools.

Maximo Marina reports captain Billy Miller guided the Graham Family on dad Joe’s birthday to a nice catch of oversized redfish in the John’s Pass area. A limit of slot-sized fish were brought home for a birthday dinner. Also included in the catch was a mixed bag of trout, mackerel, mangrove snapper and other action fish.

I went fishing with Larry Mastry at the Skyway bridge and found lots of action. We had gag grouper to 12 pounds, lots of big mangrove snapper and caught and released a 130 pound tarpon.

The grouper and tarpon ate cut Gulf menhaden on the bottom and the snapper liked small pieces of menhaden on small hooks.

The 79th annual Suncoast Tarpon Roundup ended recently with Debbie Miller, Steve Petry and Mike Clark crowned Finale Day Champions. Miller finished first releasing three tarpon followed by Petry and Clark with two each.

Tampa Bay was Miller’s winning spot while Petry and Clark fished the Gulf beach off Longboat Key. Fresh cut Gulf menhaden was the winning bait for all anglers.

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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