Fishing Florida's Gulf Coast

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 17 Nov 1999
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11/17/99 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


Weather this past week was fantastic. Lows in the Upper 50s and highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. The prediction for the upcoming weekend appears to be the same. Water temperatures have stabilized offshore in the 70/71 degree range. Inshore - the shallow water temperatures vary from mid-60s to the low 70s with the mid day sun.

Trout are moving into the near coastal grass flats more and more as the days go by. Fish the deeper grass areas from 4' - 6' and even out to 8' in the early morning when the water is cool. Jigs have been accounting the best catches. Drifting and casting down wind will allow you to cover more area. Work your jigs slower then you did when the water was warmer. Try the short 3" grub tails or shad tails on 1/4 oz. Jig heads. Try changing to larger tails in the 4" size and also try using some of your old 4" and 6" floating plastic worms from your bass tackle box. Some days this combo can not be beat.

Redfish can be found feeding around there favorite dinning areas - Oyster bars, hard shale bottom as well as points and small coves. For live baits try small live pinfish, Cut pinfish, pilchards or live shrimp. If you prefer to keep moving cast 1/8th. oz jigs, spoons or top water plugs. Work them slower in the cooler water.

Snook have been eating small live pinfish and pilchards when you can find them. Fishing top water baits or jigs early in the morning or late in the evening could be a good bet. Look for the Snook to be from the edge of the gulf all the way up to fresh water.

Spanish Mackerel should be a good bet for this weekend. Look for these speedsters to be feeding from 6' of water on out. Either anchor and chum or drift and cast jigs or small spoons. Bring plenty of hooks and hardware. These toothy rascals will keep you busy.

Pompano have been showing up after cold fronts around the power plant in Tarpon Springs.

Large Jacks have been chasing glass minnows all up and down the coast.

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