Fishing with Capt. Dennis Royston

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 21 Apr 1999
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4/21/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


The weather last week brought in a cold front with high winds of 25 kts. That dropped the water temperature 11 degrees on the inshore flats. With that past the weather for the up coming weekend looks good. Clear skies and light wind is predicted for the next few days.

The sudden drop in water temperature from 76 degrees down to 65 and in some cases even lower. This quick chill in the water and high winds produced slow fishing results. Yesterday (Tue.) the winds were down and the water was starting to worm a bit, however the fishing was still slow. The cool waters have had an effect on the white bait (Pilchards) as well . The schools of bait that had been readily available seemed to have moved to wherever they go when it gets cold.

Waiting for the tide to come in to get into the back country we went offshore from Hudson about 7 or 8 miles to look for Spanish Mackerel. We fished water depths from 13’ back into 8’ . We caught a Mack here and a Trout there a few Lizard and Puffer fish, but did not find the schools of Mackerel we were looking for. The water was some what dirty from the high winds of the past week. This should clear in the next few days.

In the back country things were not a whole lot better. Trout still provided the most action. We did boat a few fish in the 22 to 24” range, however most fish were shorts. A few Redfish in the lower slot limit and some Snook short of the 26” minimum were caught on jigs as well as live bait . Throughout the day the soft plastic jigs produced the most fish.

Between now and the weekend we should see an improvement in the fishing both inshore and offshore. The live bait hopefully will be back in there normal haunts.

This is the time of year we have higher high tides and lower low tides around the new and full moon phases. It is a great time to get out on the low tide and look for the rock piles and oyster bars that can damage your boat . Many times you can find safe short cuts between these obstacles . If you have a GPS you can mark way points to guide you through the area in the future. These obstacles that you are trying to avoid hitting are also the places that fish will congregate around when the water is high. Some exploring and picture taking can be a valuable tool later. - Good Fishin - for more information call (727)863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston

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