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Tarpon plentiful, snook off the charts

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 fishing continues to be good around Tampa Bay even though the tarpon time clock seems a moon phase or two behind normal schedule.

Normally at the end of June, tarpon have left Tampa Bay and moved to the gulf beaches. That is not the case this year.

The Picnic Island area, known as Bootleg to tarpon fishermen, still has lots of tarpon. The ship channel going into the Weedon Island power plant, known as Mermaid Point, also has lots of tarpon.

Tarpon in these areas will bite live bait, dead bait and lures.

Snook fishing continues to be off the charts for captain Billy Miller. Thirty- to 40-inch snook were common this week, along with big speckled trout and redfish.

Hubbard’s Marina reports the offshore party boats are catching lots of red grouper and mangrove snapper. Gag grouper season opens July 1.

Scallop season has opened and good catches are being made, according to MacRae’s of Homosassa. The meat is smaller early in the season but will grow bigger as the season progresses.

Blue water fishing continues to be hot off Boca Grande in the Christmas Tree Ridge area. Toby Weiner and friends made an overnight trip and scored with a blue marlin, wahoo, dorado and blackfin tuna.

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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