John Rivers

May is winding down and boy has it been a strange month to fish our waters. On April 29th we had 26.81" of rain in 24-hours. The week before that, we had 10". We had a few more rain days in May and those totals were around 5"- 7". So from April 29th to now May 24th we've had over 40" of rain. It really messed up the water and the fishing in a lot of areas for a while. The trout swam right out to the pass in the deeper waters to get to the salinity levels they like. They also were just off our beaches outside the pass on the shoals; most of these fish were the big females spawning. As the month went on, we didn't have much rain, which was a blessing and the water started to clear up. Now the water is still very muddy, but the salinity levels are getting back to normal on the flats, which is a good thing. The fish have slowly started to make their way back onto the flats where they belong. Over the past 10 or so trips we've boated some really nice trout, many over 20" and a few over 25". Not only has the trout bite been incredible, so has the redfish bite. On my last trip, we hooked 8 reds and had 5 keepers and lots of small male trout with only 3 being keepers. June is going to be a good month on the flats for trout and redfish. All fish were caught on artificials; most of my trips are artificial bait trips. I don't mind tossing live baits under a popping cork and waiting for a bite, but I have found that most fisherman like catching their fish on artificials.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tight Lines…


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It's time for a fish fry
It's time for a fish fry

The big trout are chewing
The big trout are chewing

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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