Fishing Florida's West Coast

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 17 Feb 2000
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2/17/2000 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


Weather this week is close to perfect. Daytime temperatures in the upper 70s with light winds. A mild cool front is forecast for the weekend, however temperatures are expected drop just a few degrees.

As the water warms the fish that took refuge in deeper holes in the rivers and residential canals as well as the out flow from the power plants are moving out on to the flats. Trout, Pompano and an occasional Cobia have been providing action in the shallow grass areas. Casting 1/8oz. Or 1/4 oz. Jigs still out produced live shrimp. The one exception has been the Pompano. Jigs ether tipped with small slices of shrimp or a headless shrimp threaded on the jig head have been good. Work your jigs in a yo-yo retrieve so that they fall to the tops of the grass and with the rod tip pull the jig up near the surface again. With few exceptions the fish will take your bait as the jig falls.

As the water warms in mid-day look for Redfish and large Trout to be around shallow oyster bars and other hard bottom areas. Reds should start to show in larger numbers as we move into spring. Try anchoring near oyster bars and chumming with small peaces of shrimp hand thrown around the area. Use a small float and cast a whole live shrimp to the edge of the bar. If there are Reds around this will turn them on.

Over the next few weeks the fishing should improve as the water warms to the magic 70s.

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