GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Spanish mackerel are starting to show up in good numbers along the gulf beaches, according to Maximo Marina. Anglers trolling number 1 spoons behind number 1 planers are easily scoring limits. Look for birds to show you where the fish are.
Dennis Lindeman is catching big trout on the flats near Gandy. Plenty of white bait is just off Bayside Marina and mackerel and jacks are striking them hard. Lindeman also caught a 10-pound kingfish while fishing the bait pods.
Mangrove snapper limits are still easy for Capt. Billy Miller and his parties. Smaller white baits seem to work best with 1/10-circle hooks and 20-pound fluorocarbon leaders.
The bite is best on the slower parts of the tide.
Tarpon are still available for anglers north of the Courtney Campbell Causeway and off the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport in the upper bay and along Bayshore Boulevard in Hillsborough Bay. Artificial baits like the 77m MirrOlure and heavy Bait Busters have been doing the best. Live and dead bait will also work, but the catfish are thick and can make it frustrating.
Keith Enright caught some big red and gag grouper off Boca Grande in 60 feet fishing with Bill Caldwell on the "Runaway." Live pinfish caught grouper in the 15-pound range. Mangrove and vermillion snapper were also caught drifting glass minnows in the chum line.
Capt. Robert Trosset reports reef fishing is good in Key West. Trosset and his charters have been catching lots of big mutton snapper along with yellow tails and mangrove snapper in 200 feet using light tackle.