Surprises of Salt Water Fishing
Capt. Kyle Messier
May 17, 2010
Crystal River - Saltwater Fishing Report
What are a few of the reasons that make saltwater fishing so exciting and enjoyable? Is it that fact that the scenery is second to none? Is it because the salty air brings back old memories? For most anglers the endless possibilities of every cast is what draws most anglers back to the salt waters year after year. In the world of fresh water fishing when you go bass fishing, you catch bass. When you go catfishing, you catch catfish (or the occasional mudfish). In the world of salt water fishing you never know what you're going to catch. And never has this been more apparent than during most of my recent fishing charters.
We have over 20 different species of fish roaming our local waters right now and every day there are new surprises to be discovered on the flats. Most of the surprises come when my clients and I are fishing for Redfish or Speckled Trout basically because when targeting these two species we use a variety of techniques and cover a lot of ground which always increases the odds for oddities. During some of my most recent charters while targeting Redfish and Speckled Trout we have been lucky enough to also catch Sharks, Tarpon, Snook, Tripletail, Flounder, and some of the biggest Pompano I have seen in years. Casting Jigs with Shrimp, Berkley Gulps! And Jerkbaits have worked best when targeting anything and everything that swims but if you're looking for a ton of excitement try throwing Topwater lures with a trailing fly behind it. This is one wacky rig, but when the conditions are right it can be a ton of fun.
Speaking of a ton of fun if you didn't hear already a new Tarpon fly fishing world record was set in our back yard this month. Congratulations! to Tom Evans who broke the 12lb tippet World Record with a Tarpon weighing in at over 195lbs. To put this in perspective Tom was fighting this fishing with a tippet that would normally be used for catching Bonefish or Redfish. The fact alone that this fish made it past the sharks is amazing enough, but to actually land this jumping, drag screaming Tarpon after a long battle is even more amazing.
The Homosassa/Crystal River area is home to some of the largest Tarpon found any where in the world and a World Record fish could be jumped any day. A lot of hard work and dedication by both the guide and the angler is what is required when Tarpon fishing. That being said there is nothing more spectacular in the world of salt water fishing than to see the "Silver King" take air. A picture is worth a thousand words but when you see this spectacle in person you can expect a serious case of "Poon Fever" year after year during the months of May, June and July.
So if you're interested in enjoying a beautiful day on the water with endless possibilities feel free to contact Red Hot Fishing Charters today we can "Hook You Up!"
Capt. Kyle Messier
Anything and Everything that Bites!!
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