From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 12 Jan 1999
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
1/13/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston A Full Time Fishing Guide
Weather this week looks great. Lows in the lower 60s and highs in the low 70s and going up to the high 70s as we get to the weekend. Looking at the countrys weather map - indicates we are having some of the best weather in the nation. If you are up to your pockets in snow or your thermometer is minus something yall come on down ya hear. All kidding aside we are fortunate here in west central Florida to have up to 300 days a year of fishable weather.
Last year about this time we had almost 60 inches of rain (in our dry season) and then went into drought conditions and un-seasonably worm weather. This was the result of El Nina. The coastal waters were fresh and worm. This resulted in what I believe to be an algae bloom that caused the coastal waters to become dark and dingy. As the water temperatures dropped this fall the water clarity returned. At this time you can reed the date on a dime in five feet of water.
I have been off the water this past week doing all the things that need to be done to get ready for spring. Detailing the boat, going over the trailer and making sure that all tackle is in like new or better condition. This is the time of year to get your reels cleaned and drags changed. If you dont care to do this yourself take the reels to your local reel repair station and have them clean and repair worn parts. Do it now. Many people wait until the last minute to find out that it will take two weeks to get your reels back. Check your rods very close for frayed windings, corroded or cracked guides. While you are at it - take a ball of cotton and run it through the eyes. If threads pull out of the cotton as it is passed through the eye you may want to consider replacing that eye. That fish of a lifetime could be lost do to a frayed line on that eye. How many times have you heard an angler say that the fish broke my line. It has been my experience over the past fifty years that fish Rarely break lines. It is fisherman that breaks lines. If rods and reels are in good condition and drags are set to 1/3 the breaking strength of the line being used the fish may take all the line off the reel, but it will not break it.
Friends that I have talked to say that fishing remains good in the rivers and around the power plants. See last weeks report (1/6/99) Good Fishin For additional information call (727)863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston A Full Time Fishing Guide www.wimi.com/marine/guides/royston[fish/_private/boards_aftr.htm]