John Rivers

March flew by, but when you're up before the sun and washing the boat as it goes down, the days go fast. The Sheepshead bite started out slow this March due to the very cold temps the past few months. This made the spawn start later than usual. But once it kicked off it was on fire and is still going strong and should last till around about two more weeks. We have caught some really nice sheepshead this season, and so far the biggest was around 22", which my guess is around 6 - 7 lbs. We have had some fun on the water this spring, and April should be just as enjoyable. I made a short 2-minute video of the sheepshead fishing in the pass. See my main page or click on the YouTube channel, to see more videos. I'll be making more videos this year.

I'll be in the pass the first couple of weeks continuing my pursuit of the striped sheepies, and then it's back to the flats for trout and redfish. I'll also be out along the beaches when it's calm looking for Cobia and schools of Jacks. April is a great time to enjoy chasing down some Jack Crevalle. The Jacks in April are big, averaging 12-18 lbs.

The new Triton has performed impeccably and it's one of the finest fishing boats I've ever had the pleasure to ride in and I am proud to own. See their website and check out the 22 and 24 ft saltwater bay boats.

Till the next adventure, here's wishing you tight lines.


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Double hookups are always fun
Double hookups are always fun

Karen is all smiles after landing this big redfish
Karen is all smiles after landing this big 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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