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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
Go Fishing

Hot targets are redfish, mangrove snapper, trout


GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.

Redfish and mangrove snapper continue to be hot targets around the Tampa Bay area.

Captain Chris Wiggins has been putting his parties onto limit catches of both around downtown St. Petersburg. Wiggins targets structure such as sea walls, rip rap and docks with medium to small white bait.

Homosassa was the redfish spot for Vic and Orie Voightman. Fishing with captain William Toney, they caught and released lots of redfish, with most over the slot limit, around St. Martin Key.

After fishing, they went to the scallop grounds and captured an easy limit of meaty scallops.

Captain Billy Miller has been guiding his clients to limits of speckled trout and mangrove snapper. The trout are coming from the deep grass; snapper can be found at Bay area bridges.

When fishing the bridges try free-lining a live bait for Spanish mackerel. Miller has been catching some big mackerel that way and has even hooked a few tarpon.

I was in Boca Grande and had an interesting combo trip. On our way tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass, we stopped at the phosphate dock. Using a 10-pound bonita for bait, we caught and released a 250- to 300-pound goliath grouper. After that, we drifted squirrel fish in the pass and caught and released two tarpon.

Lots of tarpon are reported in Charlotte Harbor near Burnt Store and in Tampa Bay near Davis Islands.

Catch “Fishing with Bill Miller” on the World Fishing Network on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 a.m. and 10 a.m., and Thursdays at 5 p.m. For more, visit www.fishingwithbillmiller.com. For charter information, call captain Billy Miller (813) 363-9927.

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