GO FISHING is a daily look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Bill Miller.
Trout fishing is excellent. Speckled trout have been biting well over the deep grass flats. Popular spots, around the Bay, have been Pinellas Point, Fort DeSoto, Port Tampa Middle Grounds, Catfish Point and the Kitchen. Further north, good reports have been coming in from Clearwater Bay and St. Joseph Sound.
Soft plastics such as the Tsunami Trout Mauler and double Love Lures bounced along the top of the grass and DOA shrimp suspended below a clicking cork have been producing limit catches. For heart-stopping action, try topwater baits such as the MirrOlure Top Pup or Zara Spook.
Speckled trout season opens Saturday on the west coast. The slot limit is 15 to 20 inches, with one more than 20 inches. The bag limit is four per person south of the Pinellas-Pasco line and five per person north of that.
Silver trout have been at the top of their game off the Pinellas beaches. Hard bottom areas in 10 to 15 feet off the Redington Pier have been holding big schools of silvers. Ride slowly around the area, watching your bottom machine. When clouds off fish appear off the bottom, start a drift while bouncing soft plastics along the rocky bottom. When you start hooking up consistently, drop anchor and fish that spot until the bite stops, then move on. There is no bag or slot limit on silvers.