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Sharks, tarpon add some excitement

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

Sharks are thick around Egmont Key, and captain Billy Miller has been putting anglers onto fast action with these bruisers.

Miller and his parties are catching hammerheads, bulls, spinners and blacktips. Sharks offer great action on both light and heavy tackle, and blacktips are excellent table fare.

St. Pete Beach continues to be a tarpon hot spot. Good spots in Tampa Bay to find the silver king are the Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges at night, Port Tampa, Picnic Island, Gadsen Point and west of Davis Islands.

Big snook are busting up tackle around the John’s Pass bridge at night. A moving tide is a must, and to catch the real big ones use heavy tackle and a big grunt, pinfish or ladyfish for bait.

Hubbard’s Marina reports that 39-hour trips are bringing back loads of mangrove snapper. The last trip had lots of mangroves in the 6- to 9-pound range and some weighing more than 9 pounds.

The red grouper bite has also been very good, with big ones exceeding 20 pounds. Gag and scamp grouper are also being caught in good numbers.

Caladesi and Honeymoon Island beaches still have big breeder snook on them. Look for them around the jetties and troughs. Big grunts are the best bait.

Schools of slot to oversized redfish are on the inside by the mangroves and oyster bars on high tide.

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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