Crystal River Fishing Action
With seasonal frontal patterns slowing down over the Florida peninsula in recent weeks, local water temperatures have managed to rise all the way into the lower 70’s along the coast. Now most “Old Salts” will tell you that once our flats reach that magical 68-72- water temperature mark, many inshore and near shore species begin kicking into their Spring feeding and migratory patterns. With the early arrival of migratory schools of Pompano, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel signaling that our winter patterns may finally be coming to an end, many anglers hitting the water in the coming weeks will find that their favorite rock piles and grass flats will be inundated with these drag screaming fighters.
Although most Nature Coast anglers usually do not specifically target Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel for their table fare often anglers fishing in areas where these fish congregate will find a variety of other species including Pompano, Speckled Trout, Silver Trout, Tripletail and Sharks too. I often refer to Bluefish and Mackerel as the “bird dogs” of the fishing world. They are always on the move and travel great distances in search of food. Usually when these fish find a productive area that’s holding an abundance of prey a feeding frenzy ensues which draws in other more desirable species to the fray.
Crystal River Redfish Bite is ON!
Many Big Schools of Redfish are beginning to invade the mangrove-laden islands stretching from Salt River to the St. Martins Keys as water temperatures increase and larger baits become more prevalent. Catches of over slot Reds have now become a daily occurrence for our anglers fishing spinning gear and our fly anglers are seeing double digit shots at these hefty fish daily.