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Take advantage of spring kingfish run

Published: April 6, 2014
Bill Miller

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

Kingfish moved in this week following big schools of bait, and it looks like the spring kingfish run is under way.

Captain Hilton Hammonds reports the area 2 miles west of the Rube Allyn reef was teeming with kingfish. Trolling spoons, Hilton and crew caught and released 30 kings in an hour.

The Mud Hole area, west of St. Pete Beach in 31 feet, also had a big school show up. Live-bait anglers were catching them up to 30 pounds slow trolling horse minnows and blue runners.

The Egmont ship channel, close to Egmont Key, produced a 37-pound king for Wes Crowell. He caught his huge smoker slow trolling a big ladyfish.

Captain Billy Miller has been zeroed in on the big snook. Miller and his charters released three snook this week weighing more than 20 pounds.

Redfish are all over the flats of Pinellas Point, Weedon Island and Fort De Soto. Most of the redfish we caught were oversized. Cut threadfin herring, on the bottom, was the best bait.

Live white bait under a popping cork has been the top producer for speckled trout over the grass flats.

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