John Rivers

August has pretty much started off similar to July, with lots of redfish, and plenty of spanish mackerel around. Mixed in are ladyfish and some bluefish. The trout bite has been so-so the past few weeks, here's a tip, slow your baits down similar to what you would do if it was winter time. If you are serious about catching trout, try the lights at night or the last two hours of daylight. I've found the bite to be the best then for these yellow-mouth critters. I've been tossing a variety of baits on the reds from live to artificial depending upon where I'm fishing. August is still a hot month as is September and it's not until October when the fish start to make their migration up river and out of our area depending on the species.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be working the same areas for reds, and targeting Spanish some with some speck fishing mixed in. The speck fishing like I said is ok, but it won't really get good until October when the water starts to cool off.

Don't forget, if you're heading down this way for November and December, the annual fall/winter red fishing will be in full swing. And let me tell you, if you want to hook up with a trophy redfish, then this is the time to visit Pensacola.

Till the next adventure, tight lines.



Fish Species: Redfish, Spanish Mackerel
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Hooking reds all day is always fun
Hooking reds all day is always fun

The early morning bite is always good.
The early morning bite is always good.

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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