John Rivers

Tampa Bay Inshore Fishing Report

Our first major cold front hit us and I'm excited because it will definitely fire off the trout and other species. Since it dropped to the middle 50's overnight it will drop the water temp just a bit, so it will take a day or two for the fish to adjust. Redfish are showing up in the middle of Tampa Bay near Picnic and up in old Tampa Bay. I've also done very well with Mangrove Snapper in a few of my honey holes.

During this cold front look for the trout bite to get better in depths from 4-6 ft of water; top-water and soft plastics are my choice of baits when it comes to fishing for trout.

The snook bite has been outstanding at night due to the super moon last week, but as it gets later in the month, the daytime bite should pick back up.

Over in St. Joseph Sound, the redfish bite and trout bite has been very good. Snook are staging up in the passes and near a few of the bridges.

I'm going to keep this report brief. I'll write up a new report in 10 days to let you know what's been going on and what November is going to have in store for us.

Thanks for stopping by, have a happy Halloween. Go catch a pumpkin (AKA - BIG REDFISH).

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Tight Lines,

Capt. John

Fish Species: Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper
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Gina with a nice mangrove snapper
Gina with a nice mangrove snapper

Ben with a nice slot redfish
Ben with a nice slot 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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