GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Windy weather stirred up the water and made fishing a bit of a challenge this week. The key to finding fish is locating clear water in areas where you have caught fish before or clear water where there is structure.
Docks, sea walls and structure like that had some fish on them this week. Captain Chris Wiggins, fishing downtown St. Petersburg, had two days of more than 50 redfish each day. Also included in the catch were big speckled trout and a few whopper snook. Wiggins' top bait was jumbo shrimp.
Captain Billy Miller fished the lighted docks of South Pinellas and had some nice catches of speckled trout and redfish using small white bait and jumbo shrimp. One of Miller's anglers was surprised by a 40-pound tarpon that bit a fly intended for snook.
I was doing some scouting around downtown Tampa and was pleasantly surprised by the good number of speckled and silver trout that I caught off Davis Islands throwing double Love Lures. The Hillsborough River docks had redfish and sheep head on them that fell victim to a nose-hooked shrimp on a light jig head.
Tournament kingfish anglers this weekend had to work hard for their kings but found them in 55 feet of water and out. Structure and clear water were the key for the kingfish. Wrecks, ledges and especially springs in deep water, with bait around, were the good spots. Captain Lynn Zirkle had three big kings over 30 pounds fishing near The Whistler buoy.
Captains John McLay and Andrew Paduzzi had a pair of 25-pound kings slow trolling ladyfish at the Skyway Bridge.