From: From Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl
Date: 03 Feb 1999
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
2/3/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE
An other good week on the water. This past week we had day time highs in the upper 70s, light winds and mostly clear skies. The forecast for the up coming week is for partly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of rain as a slow cool front trickles through to bring clear and dry weather weather for the weekend.
Fishing for Trout last week slowed down somewhat, not in numbers, but in average size fish. We were averaging 50 to 100 Trout a day. 6 to 8 shorts to 1 slot size fish. Again jigs, jerk baits and slow sinking plugs caught more keeper fish. Early in the mornings we did well with top water baits in the shallow flats from 1 to 3 foot depths over good grass. As a general rule if you find good grass areas with well defined sand holes (pot holes) scattered throughout the area you will have good Trout fishing. On the lower tides the Reds frequent these areas as well. When fishing these shallow flats cast down wind from a drifting boat. You will catch a lot more fish by fishing ahead of the boat rather then dragging your baits behind the boat. As the wind moves your craft across this shallow water the boat will spook the fish as you pass over them, thus they are less likely to feed after being scarred. A fact- lazy fisherman catch less fish. By the way when the winds are column and you have a trolling motor. Turn the motor on a very low setting to allow you to cover more area. The fish will spook less with a slow constant speed rather then an intermittent (on-off) speed. I like to work from shallow to deeper water. When I find quality fish I will change the direction of the boat to stay at that depth.
Courtesy - When fishing these shallow flats run your boat well offshore to avoid spooking the fish and fisherman. Run up or down the coast out in deeper waters and when you get near the area you wish to fish, power your boat to an idle and move onto the shallow flats as quietly as possible. If there are other boats in the area determine the direction they are drifting and idle up-wind of there drift. After making a drift idle out and around other boats and move Up-wind to start another drift. Dont run back up-wind thru the area you plan to fish. With a little courtesy we can all have a better day on the water.
More and more Cobia are being spotted cruising on the flats. I had several cutoffs by Spanish Mackerel this past week and the Snook are moving out from the back country to the creek and river mouths. Pods of white bait (Pilchards) are showing up along the coast (six weeks early). The water is clear and the fishing is good. Good Fishin For more information call (727)863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE www.fishing-boating.com/royston[fish/_private/boards_aftr.htm]