GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Using cut scaled sardines, Ken Brown caught an inshore grand slam while fishing with captain Billy Miller in the Pinellas Point area. Numerous oversized redfish, snook and big breeder trout, all caught and released, were the norm for the day.
Miller said Mark Wilush caught a 37-inch snook on white bait in the Fort De Soto area. Also in the catch were a 31-inch redfish and a 25-inch speckled trout.
Weedon Island has been on fire. Reports indicate two or three big schools of redfish are on the flats, and lots of snook are in Christmas Pass and outside along the mangrove shoreline.
More redfish schools and lots of trout are in the Picnic Island area. Soft plastics are working well on the trout, and live bait is catching the reds. Look for snook inside by the mangroves.
Tarpon have been showing up inside Tampa Bay. Night fishing at the Howard Frankland and Gandy bridges has been productive for anglers tossing jumbo shrimp and flies at tarpon cruising the shadow lines.
Homosassa fishing has been good, according to captain William Toney. Limestone rock piles and sandy pot holes, north of the Homosassa River and south of the Ozello Keys, are holding good redfish and speckled trout. Popping corks with MirrOlure Lil Johns or DOA glow shrimp under them has been the go-to baits.
Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on World Fishing Network. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller at (813) 363-9927.