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Trout are prevalent around Tampa Bay

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

Trout fishing is very good all over Tampa Bay. Pinellas Point, Fort De Soto, Weedon Island and the Culbreath grass flats are good spots with reports of fast action.

Live bait is good to have but not necessary. I had good action this week using the MirrOdine. Green and silver is my go-to color and it worked very well.

Soft plastics on a jig head are always good for trout. I like to start with natural colors, like pearl, silver or motor oil. If that isn’t working, I’ll go to attractor colors like bright chartreuse, hot pink or electric chicken.

Captain Billy Miller guided Rick Lott to a 38-inch snook, numerous redfish and limits of trout in the Pinellas Point area. Erica Lott had lots of fun with a 125-pound tarpon on another trip with Miller this week near Pass-a-Grille.

Mackerel are along the swim buoys off St. Pete Beach, reports Larry Mastry. He was trolling #1 spoons behind a light lead and had all the fish he could keep.

Big bull sharks have moved into Tampa Bay following the tarpon migration. Anglers at the Skyway bridge and the Frankland Bridge have been catching 6- to 8-foot bull sharks using bonita and black drum for bait. Extra heavy tackle is required for these brutes.

The Bombing Range of Homosassa continues to be good for speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano, blue fish and an occasional cobia.

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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