Crystal River 11/29

A couple days prior to today we thought it would be a decent day on the water. Wanted to head to some rocks about 9 miles from the end marker to see if the sheephead started to come in yet. Half way there around 9:30 and it's already 12mph wind and we start crashing into waves. I lost interest to keep going if the conditions would only get worse so we head to closer rocks I found earlier this year. Usually they are in 8ft today it was low tide and they we literally sticking out of the water in about 4 1/2ft. I was disappointed how shallow it was managed only 1 seabass around 11" so I started heading back to try one deep spot I like for seabass then try getting out of the wind. Wind and tide was so strong trying to anchor was difficult but then the seabass bite got crazy with all big sea bass instead of the little ones. I would bring in one measure it over 10" toss it toward the front of the boat for my friend jake to put into the livewell he hooks up with a 12" seabass. We couldn't wait to even put the fish away we were tossing them on the floor trying to get a bait in the water asap! After about 15-20 minutes of this bite we brought in 5 nice seabass with two around 12" and a nice sheephead a little short of 16". Bite slowed down we looked at the floor and was like I guess we can put the fish away now :cool:. Moved around a bit in this nice hole, picked up a keeper here and there and then I got another sheephead pushin 17" you can see in the pic the waves were growing even inshore. Left around 1:30 bass fished a little in the river caught a couple little ones and called it a day, glad we were able to make a decent day out of it.


  • PONCEPONCE Posts: 5,943 Officer
    That wind and waves can be a real pain in the. Better days ahead :cool:
  • BillyBilly ChassahowitzkaPosts: 2,703 Captain
    I was out yesterday and it was difficult, at best, to hold the boat in the wind. Slipped into a channel I know and kept three sea bass that were in the 12 inch measurement. One nice trout too.

    It certainly looks rough from your picture and I'm glad I stayed home today. Good job in less than ideal conditions. The sheephead is certainly a nice bonus.

    "And the ocean is howling for the things that might have been..."
  • ripnlipsripnlips Posts: 2,535 Captain
    Fishing in bad weather conditions will make you a better fisherman. It sure has for me. Nice haul.
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,887 Moderator
    Those will fry up nice.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • troutman57troutman57 Posts: 3,691 Captain
    Love those seabass, Those seas look angry...probably a good move holding inside.
    This place Rocks if yer a crabber
  • RedbonzRedbonz Posts: 4,538 Captain
    Yea them seas look like a good day to stay home...Good mess of eats....
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways. :banghead
  • anglerbros 7286anglerbros 7286 Crystal RiverPosts: 639 Officer
    That was only two miles from shore it was alot worse like 6 miles out when we turned around.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 9,911 Admiral
    I would have turned around at 1A.. before making that big jump to Gomez or Delta.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • angler18angler18 Posts: 2,037 Captain
    looks a little bumpy out there, but you guys came home with some nice eats
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