Fishing Report

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 01 Jun 1999
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6/2/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. by Capt. Dennis Royston


Weather over the holiday weekend was about as perfect as you could ask for. Calm mornings and breezy afternoons. Scattered showers late in the day. The up coming week end appears to be the same.

Summer weather patterns seem to be here now. Morning - light winds from the east and westerly sea breezes in the afternoon. With this in mind it can help you plan your days fishing. Start out very early in the morning, even before daylight. Plan on being at your fishing location at or before the sun starts to come up( the magic hour). If you are inclined - this is the best time to look for those rolling Tarpon or Cobia swimming on the surface. As mentioned last week, this is the time to have that rod rigged with 20lb. line and a top water plug to toss at that Tarpon or Cobia. There is know guarantee that you will see one, but if you due you will be ready.

An hour or so after daylight rig your casting rig into a drag line to be used behind your drifting boat. Rig with a Pin fish or other small bait under a float . Again this can be the rod that makes the day.

Fishing the last couple weeks has been good, not fantastic, but consistent. There is no question about it Trout have provided the most consistent action through-out the day. Early in the morning and again late in the day top water plugs in shallow water (1 to 3 feet) will produce larger fish. Mid morning to late afternoon it is hard to beat jigs bounced off the bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water over good grass areas.

Redfish seem have become more numerous this past week. A number of fish were landed around Oyster bars and areas of hard bottom. In clear water casting 1/8 to 1/4 oz. jigs works well as does slow worked D.O.A. shrimp or Slug-o type baits. In cloudy or dingy water a gold spoon is hard to beat.

Snook - will be out of season for the next three months (June, July and August) These fish will be out on the beaches and in the passes spooning on the new and full moon tides. Snook are a tough fish and survive better then most for catch and release. If you do plan on some catch and release fishing I wold urge you to use heavier tackle to land the fish faster with less stress. also you might consider using jigs or other single hook baits with the barb mashed shut with your pliers. If you decide to use live bait and the hook is to deep - just cut the line at the fishes mouth and release the fish. Trying to remove a deep hook will do more harm then cutting the line. Good Fishin - For more information call (727) 863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE www.wimi.com/marine/guides/royston