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Mangrove snapper among hot targets

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

Mangrove snapper are on fire at Port Tampa and Demen’s Landing rock piles and docks. Use small greenbacks or cut shrimp with a #2 hook and a light lead and fish the outside edges of the structure.

The Sunshine Skyway fishing piers are also hot spots for snapper. Anglers there use fresh cut greenbacks for bait and bottom fish next to the bridge pilings.

Spanish mackerel are also biting silver spoons and Gotcha plugs at the Skyway.

Captain Billy Miller has been limiting out on speckled trout and Spanish mackerel fishing the deep grass beds of Tampa Bay. Miller likes to use white bait and a long shank hook to prevent cutoffs.

Using a frozen chum bag will help fire up the bite. Sharks, bluefish, jacks and lady fish are fun by catch.

Sarasota Bay fishing is good for anglers throwing CAL jigs and MirrOdines over the grass near the Ringling Museum and at Long Bar. Trout, bluefish, mackerel, jacks and lady fish are willing takers.

The Suncoast Tarpon Roundup held its Grand Finale Day over the weekend and Bill Burroughs was crowned champion with five releases. Debbie Miller was second with three releases and Steve Petry finished third with two releases.

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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