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Redfishing has been great lately out of the Crystal River area. Schools of big Reds are just starting to move in to shallower water, and the backcountry is flooded with fish from 1-10 lbs. Try throwing a 1/4 oz. gold spoon around oyster bars and rocky points. Another good bet is a DOA 5.5" white jerkbait. There are loads of baitfish on the flats and jerkbaits can imitate them like no other. On a recent trip, John landed his first Redfish on an artificial lure, something I'm sure he will not soon forget. Oh, and did I mention he was able to sight-fish the Red? Very cool experience.
My apologies for the hiatus in reports...my website provider was giving my issues. In recent news, BIG Black Drum are everywhere on the flats. On a recent one-person trip, we landed over 20 drum throughout the day that weighed from 17-38 lbs. We were sight fishing these behemoths with shrimp rigged on 5/0 circle hooks and egg sinkers on 15 lb Power Pro braided line and 20 lb flourocarbon leader. They have rough mouths/teeth but with a circle hook, your leader will seldom come into contact with their teeth. Look for them on top of oyster bars on high tide and nearer to the channel on lower tides. They are not very good to eat once they reach this size but they are a blast to catch. On this particular trip we had double hook-ups several times. This is a summertime event so plan a trip soon!
Bill and Pat came out with me to try their hand on the flats of Crystal River. We had a great morning on the water full of fish catching and storytelling. The trout have been showing up in schools, so when you catch one, you'll catch several. Be ready! Hope to see these two gentlemen soon.
Bob, the golfer, decided to brave his fear of water for the sake of his brother-in-law Mike who is an avid fisherman. The winds picked up hard this morning and were blowing a solid 15-20 knots. This made spots limited, but I learned something in the process. Where I would have powered through to hit as many of my fish producing spots as possible, today I slowed down and fished the ones that I could, but fished them much more thoroughly. Turns out there were a lot more fish in those spots than I had originally thought! Despite the wind, we cashed in big time on the Trout bite and had a Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish in the mix as well. All thanks to my Power Pole shallow water anchor. Without it, I probably would have just cancelled the day because conventional anchoring would have been impossible. I was able to position the boat upwind and let us drift towards the bars we were catching fish on. Whenever we were finally within casting distance from the honey hole, I just double tapped the down button on my remote and we were stopped. This is no small feat considering the bottom is rock/oysters and there were 2-3 foot waves. The folks at JL Marine have revolutionized flats fishing and I'm proud to have a Power Pole on the back of my boat.
Kevin and I had a great day on the water today. Not only was it one of those "Chamber of Commerce" type days but the fishing was great as well. The two of us spent all day exploring the flats here in Crystal River, FL and ended up with a nice bag of Sea trout and Spanish Mackerel. Kevin is a great fisherman who has been fishing with my dad and I for over ten years. Glad to see a happy customer!