Fishing with Capt. Dennis Royston

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 03 Mar 1999
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3/3/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


A cold front passed through today, bringing with it wind gusts up to 40 kts. Small craft advisories remain in effect at least through Thursday. Winds from the north at 15 to 20 knots are forecast. Temperatures for Thursday will the low 40s with a high around 65 degrees. By the weekend the daytime highs are predicted in the mid to upper 70s.

Fishing this past week was centered around the power plants. The worm water out flow attracted schools of Jacks in the 8 to 12 pound class. Although this fish does not rank high on the table fair list, it does rank high As a fighter. A 12lb. Jack can take up to 20 minutes and a couple of trips around the boat before getting to the landing net. At the Anclote power plant jacks were not the only fish available. Cobia from 20” to 40lbs. Were cruising the flats near the power plant. Remember Cobia must measure 33” from the nose to the inside fork of the tail. I saw one boat gaff 2 fish only to find they were short. The fish were returned to the water, but I suspect the survival of these great game fish was surely in question. Permit and Pompano as well as Trout Were also part of the catch.

Trout are now open throughout the entire state as of March 1st. On the west coast there are different size and creel limits. The west coast is divided into 2 zones. The dividing line is located in Tarpon Springs at the Anclote River. The Pasco/Pinellas county line. In the south west region the slot limit is between 15” and 20”. You may keep 1 fish over 20”. Creel limit of 5 fish. In the north west region the slot limit is 15” to 24”. You may keep 1 fish over 24” Creel limit is 7 fish. Because the creel limits are 5 to 7 fish this does not mean You have to take home that many. Let the neighbors catch there own.

For those that like to use live bait, Pilchards/Greenbacks showed up along the coast in the last week. Good Fishin For more information call (727) 863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE If anyone reads these reports please let me know . droyston@citicom.co www.wimi.com/marine/guides/royston