GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Captain Chris Wiggins has been putting his clients onto some fantastic redfish action fishing the morning incoming tide in the downtown St. Petersburg area using fresh cut greenbacks for bait. Structure like rock piles, sea walls and docks has been where Wiggins is having the most success.
Low outgoing tide has been the favorite redfish time for captain Rob Gorta. Gorta looks for tailing reds grubbing on the bottom and presents fresh cut bait in the feeding path.
In the shallow water, a stealth approach is a must. Drifting and poling quietly to within casting distance will give the best chance for success.
If the electric motor has to be used, the low speed will let you approach the school without spooking the fish.
Mangrove snapper limits have been easily reached for captain Billy Miller fishing the ship channel edges. Also included in the catch are keeper grouper and white grunts. Slower tides are the best times for bottom fishing the channel.
Miller and his parties have also been fishing the deep grass along the south shore of Tampa Bay, using white bait, and limiting out on big speckled trout with a few Spanish mackerel and bluefish mixed in.
Captain Van Hubbard reports that Charlotte Harbor fishing is good. Hubbard has been doing well on snook and reds, with speckled trout being the ace in the hole, while fishing the flats and channel passes.
Trout fishing is going great in the Homosassa/Crystal River area, according to captain William Toney. Redfish are starting to school up around the St. Martin Keys on the incoming tide, and plenty of scallops are still around.
Offshore fishing is getting back to normal after Hurricane Isaac. Good grouper reports are coming in from 80 feet and out.