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Fishing Florida's Gulf Coast

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 27 Oct 1999
Remote Name: 207.138.164.192

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10/27/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston 10/27/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston

A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE

Two cold fronts passed through the area earlier this week giving us our first chill. Early morning temperatures were as low as 50 degrees on the gulf. I could not believe my surface water temperature gage when it read 58 degrees early Sunday morning. By afternoon it climbed to 64 degrees. As of Wednesday it was up to 68-70 degrees. Note: A lot of folks locally watch the Tampa weather reports that give water temperatures at Egmont Key. (The entrance to Tampa Bay) The waters entering Tampa Bay are deeper and are not effected as quickly as is the shallow waters to the north. From one to six feet of water can, and due drop from 10 to 15 degrees in very short time. The higher winds from the north that are associated with a cold front churn the cold into the water rapidly.

The cold waters mentioned above put most fish into shock. Fishing the past few days has been slow, however as the water worms and the fish acclimate to the cooler water they will be on the feed again.

Snook are going to be iffy at best. The cold water will keep them off the feed for a few more days. Many Snook will start to make there move up the rivers into deeper holes and into fresh water. As the water worms some will move back out to the mouths of the rivers and go on the feed again in preparation for winter.

Redfish are more tolerant of the cold water and will adjust in a few days. By this weekend they should be on the feed again.

Trout will be the fish that will save the day. With the drop water temperature we were still able to locate some nice gator Trout. Some on the grassy shallow flats and some way up the creeks. This is the time of year for top water plugs. Fish shallow 1 to 3 feet. As the water cools you must slow the retrieve of your lures. This holds true for jigs, spoons as well as plugs.

Jacks are moving into the area in large schools. These fish are not considered the greatest table fare, However they are hard to beat on light tackle. keep an eye out for these brutes chasing bait in the shallows.

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

A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE

http://www.wimi.com/marine/guides/royston

A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE

Good fishin - For more information call - Capt. Dennis Royston

A FULL TIME FISHING GUIDE

http://www.wimi.com/marine/guides/royston

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