GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Inshore fishing slowed this past week with the cold weather and rain.
I had to work hard to catch speckled trout, which had been very reliable. The main problem was the wind. The Fort De Soto flats, where I had been fishing, are very exposed to a south wind, making it uncomfortable and muddying up the water.
Redfish and snook were catchable if I could find an island to hide from the wind. The problem was, not every protected island had fish.
White bait was hard to catch for the same weather reasons, but I did catch some. Redfish and snook liked the live bait, and the trout liked the soft plastic Lil John’s and tandem Love’s Lures.
Captain Billy Miller was able to find the snook one day and landed 20-plus on live white bait. A few reds also were mixed in.
A few kingfish have showed up at the Clearwater hard bottom, Rube Allyn and St. Pete Beach reefs. Trolling spoons, which allow you to cover more ground faster, have been the most successful.
Anglers fishing from the jetty at John’s Pass were catching a few sheepshead using live shrimp fished on the bottom around the bridge and the docks. Some flounder also were caught, reports Hubbard’s Marina.
Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on World Fishing Network starting April 6. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller at (813) 363-9927.