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It’s time to target Spanish mackerel

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

Spanish mackerel are getting more active around the artificial reefs close to shore.

Reefs inside of 10 miles — like the St. Pete Beach, South County, Treasure Island, Madiera Beach, Indian Shores, Clearwater and the Veterans — are prime spots.

Trolling a No. 1 planer with a No. 0 silver spoon is a good way to fish the reefs. The bait is small at this time, so starting with the smaller No. 0 spoon is the way to go. If there is bait on the reef, try to match the size of the bait. Bigger bait suggests going to a No. 1 or No. 2 spoon.

It is also a good idea to troll at least one rod with a bigger spoon such as an 8½ Capt. Action or a big lure such as a MirrOlure or Bomber — just in case there is a big kingfish or barracuda hanging around.

Tarpon was the play of the day for Matt Walker and friends. Fishing with captain Billy Miller, Walker and friends caught and released four of the five tarpon they jumped. Pinfish and white bait were the best baits.

Charlotte Harbor tarpon reports say big schools are off of Burnt Store Marina out in the middle of the harbor in 20 feet. Live threadfins and pinfish are good baits free lined and suspended under a cork. Fresh cut shad on the bottom also works well.

Fort DeSoto continues to produce good redfish action around the islands. Approach with stealth and use cut pinfish or threadfin on the bottom for good results.

Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on the World Fishing Network on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 a.m. and 10 a.m., and Thursdays at 5 p.m. For more, visit www.fishingwithbillmiller.com. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller (813) 363-9927.

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