Friday was one of those days that looked like a perfect day, off of the coast of New Port Richey the sun was just starting to shine the tide was still going out and the wind was light and out of the south. My charter for the day wanted to target Speckled Trout and Redfish, on artificial lures. We started fishing the potholes and troughs off of Anclote island and started to catch a few Bluefish and Trout, but the bite was not fast and furious like earlier in the week. The tide was at it’s lowest around 9 a.m. and that is when we started to look for the redfish, again we targeted potholes on the flats and we could actually see the fish we were catching. The day was not going to bad when the conditions started to change on us, the wind began to increase to a solid 15 to 20 mph. and the warm sun disappeared behind a thick mat of clouds, and the temperature began to fall. This defiantly affected the fish we were after, we could still see them but they wanted nothing to do with our bait. We went back out to Anclote Island to see if we could find some more Trout and Blues, and they did not disappoint us. As the temperature dropped we decided to call it a day around 1p.m. and go find a warm place to have lunch. Although we did mange to catch a good number of fish, they did seem to be a little sluggish from the cold water they have had to live in the past week or so. If we can get a little warming trend I think it will send our fish into a pretty good feed on the next moon phase.
Capt. Greg DeVault