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August 2003

Crystal River

Crystal River, Inglis & Withlacoochee River

Twin Rivers Marina (352) 795-3552  Capt. Jackie informs us that the fishing has been good.  The scalloping is the big thing in the south end of Crystal River; it is packed with scallopers.  North Crystal River they are catching trout on pinfish.  The redfish are biting really well on live baitfish.  The tarpon are biting in Crystal River on striped mullet.  The grouper are biting inshore but the grass is too thick for trolling so you have to bottom fish.  MacRae’s Of Homosassa (352) 628-2602  They say that the fishing is doing really good.  They had a customer catch 20 grouper up to 18 pounds.  The redfish are biting really well around the mouth of the St. Martins River.  Gator MacRae and Rodney MacRae recently limited out of grouper.

Yankeetown Marina (352) 447-2529  They tell us that the trout are still biting really well.  The redfish are in the area and biting well.  The scallops are thick.  The grouper are still biting really well offshore. Riverland Bait & Tackle (352) 465-2755  Craig tells us that in Lake Rousseau they are catching some nice bass using shiners, buzz baits and big worms.  They are catching them around the structures closest to the channel.  In the Withlacoochee the fishing has picked up.  They are catching some nice bass on shiners.  They are coming in up to 10 pounds between the City Ramp and the Goldendale Ramp.  Rainbow River is still some good fishing.  They are catching some nice shellcracker in the last mile up to the mouth of the Withlacoochee River.  The catfish are biting all over the place.  The catfish are biting below the Inglis Damn and throughout the Withlacoochee River.  The catfish are going after mainly night crawlers and shrimp.

Homosassa Riverside Resort (800) 442-2040  Stuart says that the redfish are biting really well in the shallow waters.  The trout are in the area and biting really well.  The scallops are off to a great start, they are very abundant and putting a smile on everyone’s face.     

Island Outpost (352) 795-1880  John informs us that the scallop season is off to a great start. They are very plentiful in the area.  

Hernando Bait & Tackle (352) 341-2811  Ted informs us that Hernando Lake is producing a lot of nice bream and specs.  The catfish and bass are biting really well.  The bass are coming in up to three pounds.  The bass have started to move around.  Grass shrimp are working well right now.  The pan fish are going after red wigglers.  The catfish are coming in very big sizes.  The bass are putting up a fight so they are more of a challenge to catch.

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