John Rivers

September is half over, and although it is usually a great month to get out on the water, we had an unwelcome visitor to our area. Hurricane Irma was the largest hurricane on record; it stayed a Cat 5 for more than 3 days and hit the Keys as a Cat 4 and the West Coast of Florida as well, and was presumed to be headed straight for Tampa. Fortunately for our area, it turned east a few hours before it was forecasted to hit us or we would have taken some serious damage. To all those affected by this monster storm, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. We certainly hope the recovery in those areas affected is swift.

Let’s talk about fishing for a minute. Before the storm hit, the redfish bite was off the chain, with lots of slots along with big over-slot reds. Snook fishing has also picked up over the past couple weeks.

Mangrove Snapper fishing was incredible about 6 weeks ago, and is still going strong.I’ve got some trips over the next few weeks and I’ll give a report on or near the 20th.Tomorrow I’m scouting with a captain buddy of mine to see how the water looks after the storm and see if the fish are still in some of the places we’ve been catching them.

Scouting is a must in my business so the client has a productive trip.

Check out my Facebook page and Instagram page for more pics and on the water reports.

Tight Lines.
Capt. John Rivers.

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Brian with a monster Snook
Brian with a monster Snook

Double ups on Reds
Double ups on Reds

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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