Sheepshead, Trout and Redfish

Hey guys sorry for the lack of posts! Been busy here in wonderful crystal river. The weather has broke and warm days are upon us.

We’ve had some excellent catches of sheepshead, trout and redfish. Our sheepshead have been in our inshore rock piles and have been falling for shrimp on 1/4oz or a knocker rig. Our redfish have been further into the mangroves with the cooler weather and we will start too see them move towards the outer edges of the islands soon. 

The speckled trout is always a crowd favorite, as always Lil John’s on a 1/8 oz jog or a nose hooked doa cal jerk bait has been the answer. Also for the novices drifting shrimp under a cork has also yield nice catches. 

Side note, all thought they are out of season till June 1, our casting for gag grouper has been great. Throwing rapala lipped divers, has been getting the bites. 
All in all, fishing is good. 

Sheephead have shown up

Sheephead have shown up in big number here along the gulf coast! These tasty critters have been devouring shrimp and fiddler crabs on knocker rigs or 1/8th oz jig heads. Steady action and delicious too eat! NOT THE SAME SHEEPHEAD THAT ARE UP NORTH.  Focusing on our inshore fishing, the reds are still fired up in the river and the shallow creeks. Deep pockets on a low tide and muddy/rocky banks have been holding these fish. 
Looking forward to our fishing the next couple weeks and some warmer weather is on the horizon. If you guys are looking to go fishing, book before it’s too late.

Capt. Casey RUSSELL – Crystal River Guide Service

End of the year fishing report

2020 is a wrap and we finished strong! Having some fantastic fishing all year here in Crystal River, we expect the same in 2021! Starting out in our winter months the redfish and trout fishing help up and provided anglers with constant action! Once our sheephead fishery started, it allowed anglers to target these hard fighters on our nearshore rocks! These sheepshead are a crowd favorite and they really check all the boxes for all levels of anglers.  Redfish, snook and trout became the targets once the water warmed and we had to change our tactics up to catch them, once we figured them out it was all summer long of catching fish. 

Our scalloping this year was great! Plenty of scallops on each trip, it was a really busy summer taking families and friends to go experience scalloping on the nature coast!
We rounded the year off on our inshore grouper fishing, I my self prefer casting large diving lure to these mean creatures in less than 10ft of water. Truly  shallow water. We had to work hard at the end due to some cool weather but came out on top.

Thank you to everyone who fished with me and I’ll see most of y’all in 2021!