Fishing Report

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 26 May 1999
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5/26/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. by Capt. Dennis Royston


Once again last weeks weather was great. Calm winds in the morning and 10 to 15 knot winds from the west in the afternoon. A cool front is expected to stall over the panhandle. The forecast is for more of the same. A 20 percent chance of rain through the weekend.

This the time of year that everything that swims in our part of the Gulf is here. You may be fishing the near shore flats in three feet of water or on the outer flats in six to 10 foot depths casting a 1/4 oz. jig for Trout when a Mackerel, Cobia. Grouper, Shark, Blue Fish or yes even a Tarpon may eat your offering.

Being prepared to take advantage of this possibility can make the difference between just another day on the water or a trip that will stay in your mind for years.

If one of the above fish does eat that 1/4 oz. jig you will have to do the best you can with what you have. Having some sort of game plan can increase your chances of landing the big fish of the day. When that fish hits and the drag on your reel starts to scream - that's no Trout. If the line continues to go out, other anglers on the boat should bring in there lines and get them out of the way. It may be necessary to start the engine and follow the fish to recover some line. The angler with the fish should move to the front of the boat while his partner operates the boat. ( if you are at anchor) it is best to have a buoy connected to the anchor rope. You probably will not have time to pull the anchor line in, simply untie the line and leave it in the water.) ( if you have a Loran or GPS - save the waypoint of your anchor) This will make it easier to find your anchor line on your return.

For the next few months I would suggest having two level wind or spinning rods on board rigged with 20 lb. line and 80 to 100 lb. shock leader. Have one rod rigged with a 4/0 hook and a small float or balloon rigged 18” to 24” above the hook. Use this line as a drag line with a Pin fish or other small fish put out about 60yds.behind your drifting boat. The other rod should be equipped with a 1/2 to 3/4 oz. jig head with a curly tail or a top water plug like a 97 mirr-o-lure stick bait. This rod will be set up to cast to fish that are spotted at or near the surface. Being prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that come along can change your whole fishing experience. Good Fishin - for more information call (727) 863-3204

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