Fishing with Capt. Dennis Royston

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 25 Mar 1999
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3/24/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon springs to Crystal River, Fl. by Capt. Dennis Royston


The weather this past week has been close to perfect . Lows in the mid 50s and highs in the upper 70s. The winds the first part of the week were 10 to 15 knots, but have dropped to 5 to 10 knots by mid week . A cold front is expected to pass through the area on Friday. Rain and higher winds are expected as the front passes. For the folks planning to fish this weekend, please check the latest weather reports.

The weather could not have been better. Just being out on the water a special treat. Jacks around the Anclote power plant provided some heavy weight action on light rods. Trout fishing has slowed somewhat. The last week or two the fish have been scattered. We have been catching 6 to 8 shorts to 1 keeper. The larger fish have been in the 24 to 26 inch range. Most fish were taken on jigs.

Water temperatures have gone up from the low 60s to the mid and upper 60s . Yesterday we saw Snook on the island beaches cruising the shore lines. I was fishing with a couple from Maryland and the lady wanted to walk the west shoreline of Anclote Island to look for shells. Her husband and I went to look for fish. What we saw was hundreds of Sting Rays moving in groups up and down the shore. In about an hour we went back to pick up the wife. As she waded out to meet us only 10 feet from the shoreline she was hit by a ray. The barb struck her just below the anklebone. Within a short time she was in a lot of pane. We contacted a doctor and was told to look for and remove any remains of the stinger. ( In her case there was none.) Elevate the foot and apply ice packs. Take Benadryl and (Motrin) Ibuprofen for pain. As the evening went by the pain subsided and the next morning the pain was gone. I have been told that some waders carry Adolph’s meat tenderizer. They mix the powder with just enough water (salt or fresh) to make a past. Apply the past to the wound. This is supposed to pull out the poison and reduce pain. Then do the above. The sooner you start treatment the less pain you will have to go through. I mention this as a warning to waders. There are hundreds of Rays in the shallows now. It would be wise to wear chest waders. In the past I have seen waders wearing sneakers and long pants . A # 10 can ( 1 gal.) with both ends cut out was slipped over the foot and up over the ankle . The long pants are bloused in the top of the elastic band of the socks. This covers about 10 inches from the ankle to the shin where most wounds occur.

Spanish Mackerel have been moving in and out with the rise and fall of the water temperatures. Reds are eating around oyster bars and hard bottom. Yesterday I saw white bait (Pilchards) from Hudson to Both sides of Anclote Island . Good Fishin For more information call (727) 863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston