From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 27 Jan 1999
Remote Name: 22.214.171.124
1/27/99 Fishing Report for tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl by Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE
What can I say. The weather is fantastic. Day time his 75 to 80 degrees, light winds and clear skies. A 30% chance of rain this coming weekend with an approaching cool front.
The inshore flats have been producing good catches of Trout, some Pompano, Permit and a few Cobia. Around hard bottom, Oyster bars and shell areas the Redfish have been cooperative. Most Reds have been shorts with a few in the upper slot limit.
Best baits have been have been Jigs. 1/8 to Ľoz heads with any style body. If you have difficulty keeping your jigs out of the grass in shallow water less than 3 feet a small float above the jig to allow the bait to sink to the top of the grass, but not to the bottom. Each time the float stands straight up give it a sharp pop to pull the jig up near the surface. Do this about 6 times a minute. There are a number of pre-made rigs in the tackle shops.
In the creeks and residential canals, large Trout, Sheepshead and Mangrove Snapper are being caught using live shrimp fished on the bottom. Use as little weight as possible. Keep an eye out for some large schools of Jacks and Tarpon rolling on the surface. I always like to keep at least one rod rigged with a spoon or jig to take advantage of this opportunity.
NOTE: A REMINDER - There will be a closed season on Spotted Sea Trout for the month of February. This extends from the Pasco/Pinallas county line NORTH of the Anclote River. South of the Anclote River the creel limit is 5 fish between 15 and 20 inches with 1 fish over 20 inches allowed per angler per day . PLEASE release undersized or unwanted fish without handling or bringing them into the boat. (Good Fishin) - For more information call (727)863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE www.wimi.com/marine/guides/royston[fish/_private/boards_aftr.htm]