Fishing Florida's Gulf Coast

From: Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl.
Date: 05 Apr 2000
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4/5/2000 Fishing Report for Tarpon Springs to Crystal River, Fl. By Capt. Dennis Royston


Yesterday saw a cool front pass by, bringing light showers and high winds. Today we had light winds and clear skies. The remainder of the week looks to be close to perfect.

Fishing on the flats and back country has had it's ups and down lately. When it was good it was real good and when it was bad it was real bad. Trout have been the more stable of the flats species. Early morning top water baits have attracted Trout up to 26". In knee deep water. As the sun gets higher the old favorite jigs have been doing a little better in 4 to 6 foot depths. The styles of jig and size have not made a lot of difference. Grubbs, Shad tails as well as 6" floating worms have all worked equally as well.

Snook have been eating live green backs (Pilchards) when you can find them. The bright silver baits showed up several weeks ago and then they disappeared with a cold front. Most bait are showing in the Tarpon Springs area.

Redfish are where you find them. Keep moving from Oyster Bar to Oyster bar until you locate them. When found they will hit spoons, jigs and even top water plugs. Pilchards, small Pin Fish and shrimp will work for the live baiter.

Pompano and Cobia are on the grass flats. As we have been drifting and casting for Trout the Cobia and Pompano have been eating our jigs. This is a good time to put a line out behind your drifting boat with a live Pin Fish or large Pilchard. Its amazing how often a big Cobia or Spanish Mackerel will find your Bait. Good fishin - For more information call (727) 863-3204 Capt. Dennis Royston