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Head offshore to find wide variety

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 reports of sailfish, an occasional blue marlin, dorado, blackfin tuna and big kingfish have been coming in from anglers fishing 50 miles out or more. Trolling rigged ballyhoo or lures has been producing the bites.

Cody Chivas and R.T. Trosset had a big day on the red grouper in 80 feet off Clearwater. They also caught big gag grouper and mangrove snapper.

Captain Jesse Mayer has found 100 feet to be the magic mark. Mayer and his charter are tearing up the grouper, mangrove snapper and out-of-season American red snapper.

Tarpon have been feeding heavily off St. Pete Beach. Early-morning anglers, fishing dead shad on the bottom and live pinfish under a cork along the swim buoy line, have been releasing a lot of silver kings to 150 pounds.

Captain Ryan Farner has been doing very well on permit using silver-dollar-sized crabs for bait. Artificial reefs and wrecks with high structure are good places to look for permit.

The summer scaled sardined hatch has happened, and a lot of the small-fry bait is on the flats and along the beaches. This bait is perfect for mangrove snapper, which are ganging up on Bay area bridges and rock piles. Fish on the bottom and use one or two of the small baits on a hook.

Scalloping continues to be good in the Homosassa area. The bigger scallops seem to be offshore in about 10 feet of water. Look for them to move closer to shore next month.

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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