Capt. Clay Eavenson
April 15, 2008
Tarpon Springs - Saltwater Fishing Report
The fish are in a full time feeding frenzy in the Tarpon Springs and Clearwater areas right now. We've had a few fishing charters this week that have boated 50+ redfish! On top of that we've been able to get a few snook and several nice trout. Spring is in full swing and the weather, for the most part, has been awesome.
Tom and his wife Robin joined me for a fishing charter last week. They wanted to bring their daughter but unfortunately she wasn't feeling well. We'll get her out there next time. The fishing was great and Tom and Robin boated several nice keeper redfish.
Then on Friday I was invited to guide a group for the Grand Slam Charity tournament in Tampa Bay. The day started out slow but we did end up doing pretty well with an "inshore slam" that totaled 66". Our trout and redfish were really nice but our snook was on the small side and that kept us from having a shot at winning the tournament.
On Saturday, Phil and his son Nathan, joined me for a father son outing in Tarpon Springs. What a fish catching bonanza that was. We started the day catching bait. I had told them to meet me early and we'd catch bait together. That's something I rarely do (I usually catch bait prior to pick up) but bait had been so easy every other day last week that I told them if they came along that we'd be done catching bait in 15 minutes and we could get an early start on the fish catching. Boy was I wrong... bait took 2 hours to catch. They were patient and I told them that anytime bait is that hard that the fishing is bound to be great. And it was.
Nathan put on a redfishing clinic. I don't think we could have kept track of how many fish he caught even if we tried. Phil caught his fair share as well and after they boated about the 30th fish I told them I wanted to catch 1. So I baited up, threw out, and hooked a fish almost instantly. I unhooked the fish, put the rod up, and watched them continue to catch more redfish. Nathan did end up with a really nice snook that he caught on a cut greenback but by that time my camera had died so I didn't get a pic of it. Hopefully they send me the pics they took with their camera.
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Anyway, I love spring time. We had one small cold front that passed by yesterday and I can only imagine that it must be our last one of the year. The fishing should continue to be great the rest of the month. The keys to success right now are making sure you have a lot of bait, fishing where their moving water, and fishing around mullet schools. If you can find that you're bound to be into some good fishing action.
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