Catchin' Spots & Dots
Capt. Ed Lewis
March 25, 2011
Crystal River - Saltwater Fishing Report
Boy Howdy, the action on the Crystal River/Homosassa flats has been hot!!!
On recent trips, we have limited out on trout and reds and caught as many Spanish mackerel as we wanted. There is plenty of bait fish and plenty of hungry fish chashin' em all over the place. The action has been fast and furious.
Yesterday, I took Jerry and Debbie Robbins from Ocala along with my wife, Sandi out for a day of catchin'.
After watching the monkeys at "Monkey Island" in the Homosassa River next to Riverside Resort, we headed out through the backcountry in search of mean and hungry fish...
As we motored down the no wake zone in the river, a group of friendly porpoise came alongside and gave us an escort. Coming up and surfacing alongside the boat, they would crisscross in front and playfully put on a show....We saw a couple of manatees leaving the safety of the warm waters of the springs headed out to the sea grass flats. Later, we watched an eagle on his perch, keeping watch on the backcountry.
We started out on the outer flats in search of spanish mackerel until the tide came in on the inside. We put out a chumblock and started a chum line near some rocks I have marked on the GPS. It wasn't long before the action started. We caught Spanish mackerel to 6 pounds, remoras, trout and a few other species. The day before on another charter, they were thick and we caught around 30-40 up to eight pounds.
All these were caught on light tackle, so the action was outstanding…..
When the tide turned, we headed inside into the backcountry in search of trout and reds(spots & dots). Debbie and Sandi were on the mark and caught some nice trout before Debbie hooked up with her first big Redfish.
She had made a cast up to the mangroves and her cork disappeared and took off. She set the hook and the rod bent double and drag started screaming and the line left the reel. On the other end of her line was 'Ol Mr Red. And it looked like a good 'un.
Debbie did a great job working the big fish and after many big runs and a lot of "Oh MY's!!!" she brought the big fish to the net. Good job, Deb....Ya done good!!!!
We caught some more reds and trout and decided to call it a day. Another great day on the water.
Give me a call to experience some of this rod bending, drag screaming action.
May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again...
Captain Ed Lewis
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