Fishing Florida's Gulf Coast

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River,Fl.
Date: 21 Mar 2000
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3/21/2000 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


A cool front passed through the area this past weekend, bringing with it high winds. The forecast for the remainder of the week is lower winds and clear skies.

Despite the winds the fishing remained fairly good. Trout on the grassy flats were eating jigs as well as top water plugs. Try using your top water baits in 1 to 3 foot depths early in the morning and again in the evening. Jigs will do better in mid-day and deeper depths. For those of you that prefer to use live bait, Try using small Pin fish around 3" seems to be best. To catch these I like to use an ultra light spinning rod and reel with light line (4 lb. test). The smaller baits will be more available in the shallower waters of 2 to 3 feet over good grass. A # 12 long shank gold hook works well. ( use squid or small pieces of bacon for bait) A split shot about 4 or 5 inches above will keep the hook down. If you chouse you may want to use a small float to keep your bait just over the grass. The Pin fish and other small bait stealers have arrived on the grass flats and this makes using shrimp difficult.

Snook and Redfish are hitting top water baits early and late in the day. Jigs and diving plugs in mid-day. Live baiters are doing well with Pilchards and Pinfish.

Spanish Mackerel are showing up on the outer flats in good numbers. Jigs again are a good bet to find these toothy critters. Once found you may want to anchor up and put out a chum bag. Mackerel eaten fresh are very good. Let them stay around a few days and they loose there appeal fast.

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