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Redfish are among top inshore 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.

In between cold fronts, inshore fishing is very good.

Redfish are thick around Tarpon Key. Use an electric motor on low speed, or a push pole, to approach the fishing area. Live white bait or cut pinfish are good baits for redfish.

Captain Billy Miller guided Todd Miller to a 36-inch snook along with lots of speckled trout, Spanish mackerel and pompano. The snook ate a piece of fresh-cut ladyfish and the rest were caught on Lil Johns and pompano jigs with teaser flies.

Hubbard’s Marina reports good action at the John’s Pass jetty on sheepshead, flounder and mackerel. Sheepshead and flounder are biting live shrimp on the bottom and the mackerel have been hitting silver Gotcha plugs.

Offshore trips are producing red grouper up to 20 pounds and lots of Spanish mackerel trolling spoons behind a planer.

Sarasota Bay action is hot for captain Rick Grasset. Using CAL jigs with shad tails, Grasset and his clients are catching redfish, trout, jacks, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel drifting the deep grass flats.

Night-time fly fishing around ICW dock lights also has been good with 20 or more snook released per trip. The Grasset Snook Minnow fly has been the hot ticket.

Meanwhile, Robbie Hehenberger won the top angler prize during the second leg of The Los Suenos Billfish Series in Costa Rica. Hehenberger bested 150 anglers while releasing 10 sailfish and two marlin.

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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