GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Land-based anglers are catching lots of fish all over the area.
John’s Pass is red hot. Steve Pollier was using weighted shrimp on the bottom and caught a 30-inch snook, two redfish and numerous jacks.
Marty Jensen landed a tarpon fishing off the north jetty. Jensen saw the tarpon feeding on green backs and tossed a 7-inch green and black Bomber Magnum Long A into the school and was rewarded with an instant hookup. The tarpon was later released with much celebration.
Flounder and sheepshead are biting around both jetties for anglers using shrimp on the bottom near the structure.
Kingfish were biting off the north and south ends of the Skyway fishing piers. Fish up to 35 pounds were caught free lining big greenbacks with the tide.
Anglers fishing the Little Harbor dock in Ruskin were catching pompano, mackerel, speckled trout, jacks and ladyfish using the Love Lure tandem pompano jigs.
The E.G. Simmons Park docks and channels had lots of speckled trout action. Soft plastic jigs were getting the best action.
James Roehm and Rick Scrivanek caught big kings in the 30-pound class off the Redington Pier using blue runners and legal Spanish mackerel for bait.
Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on World Fishing Network. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller at (813) 363-9927.