Fishing Report - Port Richey, Florida

From: Capt. Dennis Royston
Date: 23 Dec 1998
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12/23/98 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River by Capt. Dennis Royston


Well it happened again, two cold fronts came through last week and dropped the water temperature from 72 down to 62 degrees on the inner flats. The last few days the sun has wormed the water up to the upper 60s with afternoon temperatures in the low 80s.The forecast is to be good through Christmas weekend.

After the cold front passed, good catches of Trout and Redfish were caught in the rivers and deeper holes in the residential canals . As the water wormed the fish moved back out onto the shallow flats. Low tides in the morning has allowed the shallow water to worm quickly after the sun comes up. When the tide starts in the fish move in with the rising water. Quit is the name of the game. Watch for Mullet schools and the tell tail wakes of Redfish around and behind the moving Mullet. Long casts directed to the outside of the schools will produce more hook- ups. Use small spoons, light jigs or live shrimp to intake a strike.

While fishing the less then knee deep water for Trout and Reds north of the Anclote Power plant in Tarpon Springs we landed a number of Pompano and Permit. This was a reel bonus. Fishing in and around the above power plant we hooked into large Jacks that put a strain on the light rods. On two occasions we hooked into fish we could not control. One small boat hooked and fought a large Tarpon for over forty minutes. The fish was lost at the boat on a final lunge. A number of Tarpon were spotted rolling in the outlet canal. Good FISHIN and Merry Christmas. Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE (727_863-3204