GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
The first kingfish reports I have heard came in this past week. I’m not surprised at the reports, considering the warm temperatures we have had and the amount of bait around.
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is about when you can expect kingfish to be caught, with Easter (April 20) usually the peak of the spring season. All the benchmarks are subject to weather patterns.
Projections notwithstanding, two big kings were caught last week off the Sunshine Skyway fishing pier. The lucky anglers were floating greenbacks when the kings hit about 5 minutes apart. Another report had kings being caught in the 90-foot hole near Egmont Key.
Spanish mackerel are still biting at the Skyway pier. Fast-moving silver spoons and cut greenbacks under a cork are always a good choice of bait.
The Apollo Beach area has been hot for pompano and cobia. The Love Lures tandem pompano jigs have been tearing up the pompano around the power plant and Simmons Park. Cobia, which normally like bigger baits, also have been biting only the tandem jigs.
Brad Whery, fishing with captain Billy Miller, had a banner day on snook and redfish last week. Whery landed 15 snook that exceeded the slot, along with big redfish and gator trout on a morning trip. Scaled sardines were the top bait.
Captain William Toney reported good redfish and black drum action around St. Martin Keys in Homosassa. Sheepshead and mackerel are on the shallow rocks a little further offshore.
For more information, visit www.fishingwithbillmiller.com. To book a charter with captain Bill or his son captain Billy, call (813) 363-9927.