John Rivers

Well it's official-- Spring Break has finally arrived, only thing is it came in with cooler than normal temps, lots of wind and muddy water. Even though we've had some crappy conditions over the past two weeks, the inshore bite has been good for the most part. Some days are better than others, but over all it's been very good. Like I stated in some of my past reports, I have left the shallows in favor of the pass. I do this each March and part of April when the sheepshead and big redfish hit our pass. I'll be back on the flats when spring break is over or if my clients want to catch trout and reds on the flats.

We've had some great trips over the past two weeks. Lots of big sheepshead, some nice sized red snappers that we can't keep till June, a few black drum and some really big redfish.

I'm pretty booked the next two weeks, so check back in a few days for another report, you can also see reports and pics on my main site at or my facebook page at:

Spring Break trips are great for families or the pro angler who's looking for some dinner while visiting the gulf coast. It's lots of action on light tackle; this is one of the finest times to fish here.

Thanks for stopping by, now get off the laptop and let's go catch some fish.

Tight Lines.


Fish Species: Sheepshead, Redfish, Blackdrum, Red Snapper
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Double Hookup on Sheepies are always fun.
Double Hookup on Sheepies are always fun.

Jason was all smiles after landing this nice redfish
Jason was all smiles after landing this nice 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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