Fishing with Capt. Dennis Royston

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River,Fl.
Date: 13 Apr 1999
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4/14/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


Another week of beautiful weather has gone by. A little breezy, but nice. A cool front sneaked through last night bringing in dry cool air for the remainder of the week. A great time to be on the water.

I would like to say something different this week, however things remain about the same. Trout remain the most consistent . Just about anywhere you find good grass you will find Trout. We have been averaging about 6 shorts to 1 slot limit fish. The larger fish were on average 18 to 24”s. Best baits still remain the root beer colored jig. Top water baits have not produced as good as I had hoped. Please return unwanted fish without bringing the fish into the boat. Use needle nose pliers or a J- hook to remove the jig. A good idea would be to mash the barbs on your hooks closed. This will make releasing the fish easier for you and the fish.

Redfish have been cooperative when you find them. Again jigs have produced more fish then live bait. I believe this is due to the fact that we were able to cover more area in less time with artificial's . The water is super clear and the good old gold spoons seem to spook the Reds rather then attract a strike .

Snook have been eating one day and not another. I don’t know if I have been at the right places at the wrong time or what. We’ll see the next few days.

Made the trip for king Mackerel last week. Left the ramp about an hour before daylight with about 100 large Pilchards in the live well that we caught the day before. We arrived at the 1st artifical reef right at dawn. We were able to catch Cigar minnows as well as Blue Runners with the use of Sabiki rigs. As the sun started to light the day we saw large schools Pilchards and Cigar around the marker buoy . The sonar showed additional schools of bait near the bottom. Bait was everywhere . At the end of 4hrs. and surrounded by at least a dozen boats there was not 1 King fish caught and only a few Spanish taken . We left and ran out another five miles or so to the 2nd . reef. There were four boats working that reef , but again no Kings. On our 20 mile run back to the ramp we stopped several times and picked some nice Spanish and Trout. Kings are doing well out of Clearwater Pass as well as Dunedin Reef . By this weekend they should be doing good off Pasco County. Good Fishin For more information call (727)863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE www.wimi.com/marine/guides/royston