John Rivers

February Fishing in Northwest Florida

My first trip of the year was this weekend Saturday (2-22-2014). The fishing was slower than I like, but sometimes that's how it goes. The reason I've not fished this year was in January I had my first and hopefully last shoulder surgery, and after weeks stuck in the house, I had been going stir crazy, and really wanted to get the new boat out on the water. Oh, yeah, another first. I bought a new 240 LTS Triton soon after the start of the New Year.

I've had the new boat out twice and I'm excited about showing it to my fellow captain friends and clients. I went out a few days ago with the wife to get the final break in period and do a little scouting around, and we did pretty well. I found some nice reds and a good speck bite on the muddy flats. The boat ran great and the new electronics are going to be awesome this year.

I put the latest and greatest toys on the boat. The bottom machine is Humminbird's 999ci HD SI. The fish can't hide, not with this device on deck. I also put a new 8' Power-Pole Blade for shallow water anchoring. I didn't want 10ft because I really never fish deeper than 6 7 ft for trout and when I do I can use the Minn Kota I-Pilot to hold position, plus I felt that the longer Power-Pole would get in the way of me and my clients fishing. The boat is a sleek, comfortable, and dry ride, and the Mercury 250 Verado simply purrs, and is also one of the most advanced engines on the market.

That's a little bit about the new Mega-Bite. Now, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I'm 46 years old, a family man with a great wife that has put up with me for 22 years, and a son, who is my real pride and joy, who attends Florida State University. I've been guiding now for 11 years and I am one of the veteran captains in the area. I know our waters as well as the back of my hand, and I absolutely love fishing. I was in the Marines for 6 years, went to college to be a P.E. / History teacher, but when I moved to Florida from southern Indiana I somehow became a fishing guide. I am passionate about my job, and I can assure you a professional fishing experience, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are some links to my fishing sites.

Fish Species: redfish, trout, sheepshead
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Nick with a nice keeper redfish
Nick with a nice keeper redfish

March Sheepshead fishing is always fun.
March Sheepshead fishing is always fun.

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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