Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.

From: Capt. Dennis Royston
Date: 26 Aug 1999
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Weather for the up-coming weekend looks pretty good. Rain chances are forecast to be as low as we get this time of year. 20 to 30 percent through Monday. We do need to keep a watch out for tropical storm Dennis. As I write this the storm is just approaching the Bahamas . It is expected to the north/west and stay offshore past Florida. This is subject to change. Check the weather before making plans.

The fishing is still not what it is going to be, however it did improve this week.

Fishing on the inshore flats provided some fairly good catches of Trout. 4 to 6 short fish to 1 slot limit fish ( 15 to 24 inches). Hopefully this will be a preview of coming attractions. We still have a few more weeks before the first cool fronts start to lower the water temperatures. Water temp. at this time is 89 degrees. As it starts drop all the inshore fishing will pick up.

Thanks to the Florida Net Ban and some good conservation laws I expect this fall through spring to be the best Trout fishing we have seen in 15 years. Anglers landing fish from 18 to 26 inches will not be uncommon.

Redfish are providing action for the fisherman who are willing to move quietly into the shallow areas around Oyster bars and other hard bottom. The fish are very spooky. Gold spoons as well as light jigs are doing as well as live bait.

Snook season will re-open on September 1st. Each day that passes sees more Snook returning from the spooning areas. As the water temp. starts to fall these fish will start to feed in preparation for winter. As a reminder - the new possession limits are 2 fish between 26" and 34" all under or over must be returned.

Cobia in good numbers are still in the area. Water clarity has made spotting these brutes harder, but they are still here. One of the best ways to hook into one of these babies is with a drag line behind a drifting boat. Reminder - Cobia must be 33" from nose to inside fork of tail.

GOOD FISHIN - For additional information call (727)863-3204

Capt. Dennis Royston