Crystal River Fishing is on Fire

Report Date: April 28, 2011

Sea trout fishing has been great for anglers throwing jigs. Shrimp will work but jigs enable you to cover much more water and by doing so, you will catch more trout. The trout are spawning now and this is a good time to catch some of the largest fish of the year.

Fish the grass flats in 3-5 foot depths for best results.

Redfishing has gotten a little better this week. However, with most anglers targeting trout, I only spoke to a few that fished for reds. The best bet is to fish the rocky points and oyster bars with weedless spoons, jerkbaits or live shrimp. This week John Harsch along with his brother in law Kirk picked up 8 redfish that were released on a half day trip.



Spanish mackerel are still on fire with catches of 25-50 fish per boat being common. However, the size has gotten smaller this week. We saw few big macks in the 30 inch range but many around 24 inches.

Dick Bradford along with brother Harry and nephew Michael fished out of Crystal River and caught 5 big trout and 2 nice redfish. The highlight of the trip was when Michael hooked 2 snook. One was landed but Michael battled the second fish for several minutes until it broke us off at boatside. This snook was estimated at 25-30 pounds! A real monster.

Dale and Sandi Karch, along with Rob and Shawn Harris took home 14 big trout, 20 spanish macks and a nice tripletail.

Bob Malis, his daughter Lauri, son in law Matt and grandson Ian fished the flats out of Crystal River this week. They caught a variety of fish including trout, spanish mackerel, sharks and blue runners. At the day's end, Bob and Matt took honors for the numbers of fish but Lori caught the biggest mackerel and the day was topped off when 8 year old Ian landed a big trout without assistance from anyone. Great job Ian.



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