John Rivers

Let me start out by thanking all my clients from 2013 for such a great year. Thank you for choosing Mega-Bite Inshore Charters for your customized fishing trip. It was a pleasure meeting you and your friends and families. I hope you had fun, and hope I helped to create some special memories that will last a lifetime.

It always amazes me on how fast the year flies by, and I can hardly believe 2014 is just a few days away. This year was a great year for fishing here on the Gulf Coast, and December was no exception.

My last trip of the year was today 12-26-2013, and brrr it was a cold one, but the fishing was red hot. Caught some big reds and then hit the trout hole for some fresh dinner for my clients to take to back to the condo for the family. It was a great way to end the year even though the weather was not the best. I'll be back out after the New Year. Some routine maintenance to both the trailer and boat, and then back at it for 2014. I'm already booked a bunch in January and February; Spring Break is just around the corner, so start booking now.

Let's talk about the big reds and what I use to hook these monsters. I use Spro Jigs 1.5 2 oz white or pink with small 4" curly tail grubs attached. I use these jigs because of how well the jigs are made and their extra strong hooks and don't lose fish with them.

With the New Year here I'll be both in the upper bays and rivers doing some trout and slot red fishing, and I'll be in the bay for the big reds. January and February are great months for big trout in the upper bay/rivers. The key to fishing the winter months in the panhandle is watching the tides and cold fronts and picking the right times to go out. As a veteran guide in our area, I pride myself on making sure your fishing trip is at the right time to provide you the best possible opportunities to catch fish.

As you can see, the fishing in the winter months in Pensacola and the surrounding areas can be very good. And if you missed out this past November or December for the big reds, buy a new 2014 calendar and then mark your calendar and make it a point to come visit me to enjoy some of the best red fishing on the planet.

Happy New Year.


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Trip Hookups are always fun
Trip Hookups are always fun

Kevin is all smiles after landing this big Pensacola Bay Redfish
Kevin is all smiles after landing this big Pensacola Bay Redfish

John Rivers

About The Author: Captain John Rivers

Company: Rivers to Bay Fishing Charters

Area Reporting: Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St Peterburg

Bio: I have a lifetime of fishing knowledge and over 8yrs of experience fishing the northern gulf coast and our local water ways. I have enjoyed fishing all my life. While living in the Midwest, I fished Kentucky & Barkley Lake for years along with the Ohio River and many local water ways. My first passion was bass fishing, but when I came to Florida, I found my new love Salt Water Fishing !

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