GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Plenty of cobia are in Tampa Bay.
Anglers running the channel markers and range lights are finding single cobia and groups of cobia hanging around the structure. Tossing a live pinfish or greenback to the cobia, or around the marker if you can't see the fish, will usually result in a bite. Heavy tackle is needed because the cobia will head straight for the range marker legs or the chain on the buoys in an attempt to cut you off.
Captain Joel Brandenburg has done well on the cobia and other species. He guided Zach Burton and his father, Steve, to a nice catch of redfish, trout, Spanish mackerel and black tip sharks in the Apollo Beach area.
Boca Grande fishing has been fair, according to captain Scott Moore. Speckled trout has been the best bet, along with a few snook. Redfish were hard to find this week, as was decent-sized white bait. Tarpon are real finicky from all the boat pressure.
Redfish have been hot in the Boca Ciega Bay area for captain Kevin Walton. Walton has been using white bait under a cork for best results. A few snook were caught in the creeks.
Captain Billy Miller guided Paul Dolcimascolo and friends to a great day of tarpon fishing. Multiple hooks were the norm all day long in the Anna Maria area.
The Dunedin report is good, captain Brian Caudill said. Caudill and his parties are catching and releasing big snook behind Honeymoon and Caladesi islands on big grunts and threadfins. A few big trout have been mixed in.
Drifting for trout off Homosassa marker No. 2 is producing fast action for Nature Coast anglers. A soft plastic jig on a 1/8-ounce head drifted behind the boat and jigged every so often will fill your bag limit. For extra action, add a strip of fresh cut pinfish to the jig hook.