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Reports are in, and the tarpon are here

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

Tarpon season is upon us, and good reports from up and down the coast are coming in.

I was down in Boca Grande with the family for Easter weekend, and we released three tarpon on our boat. We were using the traditional Boca Grande Pass technique of drifting live bait. Our bait of choice was squirrel fish.

Most of the tarpon in the Boca Grande area were up inside Charlotte Harbor where the Peace and Myakka rivers come together. Anglers casting live greenbacks, both with a cork and free-lined, were jumping lots of tarpon.

Tarpon were also down in Pine Island Sound near Captiva and the Rocky Channel flats.

Here in Tampa Bay, tarpon were spotted and caught in the Alafia Spoils, Long Bar and Gadsen Point areas. Sight casting plastic baits like the red-and-white 77M MirrOlure and the black-and-gold DOA Bait Buster has been resulting in numerous hook-ups.

On calm days, fly fishermen have been sight-casting to laid-up tarpon with great success.

Captain Billy Miller guided Mindy and Bud Taylor to some hot tarpon action at the Skyway, followed by snook and redfish catches around the mangrove islands Brian Gray and friends, also fishing with Miller this past week, reported good redfish action, along with jumping three tarpon.

Homosassa fly fishermen are saying a few fish are hanging around Chassahowitzka Point and the Black Rock Hole.

Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on World Fishing Network starting April 6. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller at (813) 363-9927.

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