John Rivers

What a year it's been so far; new boat, crazy temperatures, flooding, and lots of bent rods. I've been fishing non-stop it seems like since spring break. I received my new 240 LTS Triton in February and I'm so happy with it. It is everything I've wanted in a boat and my clients are very pleased with it as well.

The summer break is nearly over and families are winding up their vacationing. Just like last year, it's going to start to slow down tourism wise, and although I love my job, I'm okay with the thought of a few days off. Running just about everyday and doubles some days will wear you down and at 47 years young, I'm ready for a break.

So, you want to know how the fishing has been? It has been off the charts! This July is all about slot reds and lots of them. Over the past three weeks, I've been crushing the slot reds in the bay, sound, and flats. The bite has been astounding; it's like nothing I've ever seen. This redstravaganza can't last much longer; it is crazy good! The only thing bad about this good of fishing is that each trip I worry that the bite will finally shut off, but each time we go out, the bite gets better.

Of course, with August right around the corner, summer is kind of over for me. The kids are going back to school and that means August is much slower, but the fishing isn't over by a long shot. August is still a great month for all inshore light tackle species. I'll be targeting the same areas I did in July, and hopefully having some of the same results.

I have been guiding in the Pensacola, Navarre and Perdido Key area for over 11 years now and have been fishing these waters for 16 years. Trust me when I say I'm your guy when it comes to light tackle inshore fishing. With my new Triton, state of the art electronics, all the toys and gadgets on the boat, top of the line rods and reels, and all the best tackle the front hatch will hold, I can proudly say you'll be fishing in style. See my Facebook page for up to date pics of my latest catches. I write reports on my main site about every two to three weeks.

Thanks for stopping by.



Fish Species: redfish, trout, sheepshead
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Allen is all smiles with his limit of reds for the day.
Allen is all smiles with his limit of reds for the day.

The reds were chewing this day!
The reds were chewing this day!

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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