GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Anglers fishing the John’s Pass jetty have been connecting with a lot of whiting while fishing dead shrimp on the bottom.
Pompano action also has been good from the jetty for fishermen casting yellow-and-white pompano jigs rigged with a small teaser fly.
Hubbard’s Marina reports their offshore boats have been tearing up the mangrove snapper, along with big red grouper, scamp grouper and amberjack.
The short American red snapper season has been spectacular from depths of 90 feet and out.
Captains John Fidi and Tommy Butler have been tearing up giant red snapper fishing 150 feet and more.
Also included in the catch have been big red and gag grouper and blackfin tuna.
Captain Jesse James Mayer has been fishing west of John’s Pass in 100 feet and limiting easily on red snapper. Dead bait works well, but to really fire off the bite, Mayer likes live pinfish.
Breeding snook are moving out to the beaches and passes in preparation for the spawn. The beaches of Honeymoon, Caladesi and Anclote are popular spots to catch and release big snook. White bait is a good choice, but the pros know to use a big grunt or pigfish for the best results.
Brad Whery has been using fresh-cut menhaden fished on the bottom to connect with some whopper snook along St. Pete Beach.
Tarpon fishing continues to be good along the beaches from Clearwater to Boca Grande.
Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on the World Fishing Network on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Friday at 3 a.m. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller (813) 363-9927.