Florida's Gulf Coast Fishing

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 15 Sep 1999
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9/15/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


Hurricane Floyd passed far enough off the east coast to have little effect on west central Florida. Feeder clouds dropped several inches of rain and the winds today are 15 to 20 knots. From now through Sunday the forecast is for the winds to diminish and the chance of rain to be only 20%.

Water temperatures have dropped from a high of 90 degrees down to 87 degrees and this weeks rain and overcast should lower temperatures another couple degrees.

Fishing is picking up as the water cools. The bite has been at its best early in the morning and again late in the evening. Top water plugs worked in very shallow water 2 feet and under before day light to about an hour after sunrise will appeal to the inshore species like Snook, Redfish and Trout. Quiet boat handling Will increase your chances for success.

Fall can be some of the best fishing of the year. Boating traffic is normally half of that in the spring. Many of the regular anglers take to the woods in pursuit of deer and wild hogs. Doves, Quail and turkeys also lower the back-ups at the boat ramp.( If we could just find something for the jet skiers to do we would have it made)

In a few weeks the King and Spanish Mackerel will show up on the flats and artificial reefs. For an angler that is addicted to light tackle fishing fall is a grate time to be on the water. A perfect day for me is to run offshore on the low tide and look for Macks. When a school is found you can catch one after another. Casting jigs can be very productive. A lot of people opt for wire leaders, but I personally prefer to use 40 to 60 lb. mono. I seem to get more strikes on the mono. Know matter what you use, you will have a lot of cutoffs from the toothy critters.

When the tide comes in on the flats and backcountry, it's time to look for the Snook, Redfish and Trout along the mangroves and Oyster bars. This combination can make for a grate days fishing. Good Fishin - For additional information - Call (727) 863-3204

Capt. Dennis Royston

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