7/15/ 99 Fishing Report

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 15 Jul 1999
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7/15/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


Early morning thunder storms have changed back to typical afternoon storms with up to 2" to 4" of rain in some areas. It looks like the afternoon pattern will hold through the weekend. Gulf water temperatures are up to 87 degrees at this time.

Most anglers at this time of year prefer to be on the water at or before daylight and come in by mid-day to avoid the heat and the afternoon thunder storms. I need to remind everyone, and especially older folks to drink lots of water while fishing. It is very easy to become dehydrated. Where those funny hats that cover your ears. You may also want to opt. for an old white long sleeve shirt to protect your arms. Applying a good coat of sun block before you leave the house will go a long way to prevent sun caused melanoma. (I speak with experience). An other item that should be considered a must if you spend any time on the water is quality pair of polarized sun glasses. Good quality glasses will cost you between $65.00 to $150.00 depending on style of frames ect. I personally prefer the plastic type frames. They don't tarnish or corrode from salt air and perspiration. Many inexpensive sun glasses will do more harm than good.

Fishing has slowed somewhat, as is expected this time of year. The water is worm ( up to 92 degrees on the shallow flats.) The rains of late have lowered the surface temp. a few degrees. Higher water temperature usually results in lower oxygen content. Look for faster moving water around points, river and creek mouths. This faster moving water has higher oxygen that will hold more bait and more fish.

Look for more fish to be active on the outer flats in 8 to 12 feet of water over good grass. This is the time of year that I start fishing as much as 12 miles offshore in the above mentioned depths.

Jigs bounced off the bottom will produce Trout, Sea Bass, Spanish Mackerel, Small shark as well as Cobia. This is the perfect time to drag a live Pin Fish hooked between the nose and the dorsal fin. Put a small float or partially inflated balloon about 18 inches above your bait. Drag this about 100 feet behind your drifting boat.

Good fishin - For additional information call (727) 863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston