Tampa Bay, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater & St. Petersburg
Capt. Clay Eavenson
November 24, 2007
Tarpon Springs - Saltwater Fishing Report
On The Move
the last couple of reports, I've mentioned that the bite has been a
short but furious one, but, I've failed to mention that the fish
haven't been in the same spot twice in the past week. Four charters
in the last 8 days and the fish were in 4 different spots. We
checked all the spots that had previously produced nice fish but
they were gone. We had to keep spot jumping to stay on them. I'm not
sure if it's the weather, the moon phases, or the tides, but
something has these fish on the move.
I picked up Mark, his son Ryan, and Mark's friend John at 10am this
morning. We started late because we had a negative low tide early in
the day and I was planning on hitting some high water fish. We tried
for some trout near Anclote in Tarpon Springs first thing this
morning while we waited on the tide to come in but failed to get a
fish to the boat. The big trout have frustrated me over there this
week and I quickly tired of trying for them this morning. So after
15 minutes of that effort I told the boys we were headed to redfish
ran about 15 minutes north of Tarpon Springs and began working our
way on the trolling motor towards the back of a cove where I did
pretty well yesterday. 400 yards before we reached the spot, young
Ryan and I both saw fish milling around off of a point. We eased in
and set up the boat so that we could cast our baits with the wind.
It wasn't 3 minutes before Ryan had put on a professional style
display of how to fight a big redfish. He knew when to let the fish
take drag, when to horse him, as well as how to turn the fish. Mark
must have spent some time teaching his kid how to fish. Nice! Ryan
slid the 9.5lb redfish into the net I was holding like he'd been on
the redfish tour for years. And with that, we broke the seal on a
bite that lasted for about two hours. Everybody got into the game. I
lost count in how many fish we boated but it was somewhere between
15 and 20. Every single one was a keeper or better.
key again today was pinfish. However, John and I had a difference of
opinion on whether they should be fished under a cork or freelined.
I told him to go with his gut and he proved me wrong. He ended up
landing the most fish of the day while freelining live pinfish. So,
I would suggest you try both freelined pinfish as well as pinfish
under a cork if you're hunting reds this week. John and I did both
agree that the key was to keep them out of the grass.
Someone once told me that if the fish aren't where they're
"supposed" to be, fish where their not "supposed" to be. They told
me that they've got to be somewhere and if they aren't where you
think they are then they're somewhere you think they're not. That's
proven true this week and I've hit all my "go to" places but we're
running into them either on the way there or by just checking places
nearby. If you aren't on fish, get on the trolling motor and go
check every area within sight. They've got to be there somewhere.
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Tampa Bay Area Fishing Guide, Capt. Clay Eavenson, specializes in Light Tackle, Inshore, Fishing Charters for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, and More! He guides on the inshore waters of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg, and everywhere in between.
Every time that you go on a Tampa Bay area fishing charter with Capt. Clay as your fishing guide, you will be provided with the use of the best boats, top shelf fishing gear, and the opportunity to have a trip of a lifetime.
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7935 Grasmere Dr.
Land O Lakes, FL 34637
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