Florida Sun Coast Fishing

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 04 Aug 1999
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8/4/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


It has been hot and humid the last few weeks. As I write this, the humidity has dropped somewhat from a cool front that stalled in north Florida. It may only last for a few days, but it is welcome.

Fishing has been spotty of late. Good one day and slow the next. The inshore flats 4 feet and under has been very slow. Mid-day water tempretures are up to 92 degrees. For the next few weeks look for the better fishing to be from 8 feet of water and out. Fishing over good grass should produce catches of Trout as well some Spanish Mackerel. Casting jigs or spoons as you drift is my preferred method. Drifting with live Pilchards or Small Pin Fish is another method for the folks that don't care to cast a lot. Drift until you locate quality fish and then anchor your boat and put out a chum bag to draw the fish to you. Locating the fish is the problem. Once you find them the chum will keep them near the boat.

While you are drifting or at anchor this is the time to have that flat line with a large Pin fish or other larger bait . I use a 20lb. line with about 60lb. leader and a #12/0 circle hook about 18 inches below a small inflated balloon or float. This is a great setup for Cobia, larger Spanish Mackerel and Shark.

Just a reminder - Drink plenty of water, where long sleeve shirts, a large brimed hat and apply plenty of sun screen. Years of being on the water have taught me to dress for the sun and not to look COOL.

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

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