John Rivers

Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg & Clearwater Inshore Fishing Report

By Capt. John Rivers

It is officially Spring in the Tampa Bay area. Snook are all over the place and they are feeding well. Live bait is the best choice, but if you like tossing artificials, no worries, you'll catch your fair share as well. Schools of redfish are also showing up on the flats in a few areas. These fish are very boat shy, so be quiet and patient and you'll hook a few. Once again, live or cut bait has been the best way to hook these skittish bronze beauties.

Some of the redfish schools have been beat up pretty bad by locals and guides, so again, be patient and you'll hook a few. They are mostly oversized fish, which means your drag is gonna scream. The sheepshead bite is still going strong in Tampa Bay, and the rock piles, jetties and bridges have been producing some nice catches. Live shrimp, fiddler and mud crabs have been the baits of choice.

I'm keeping this short because I'm heading out to bow up on some more snookies and reds.

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Also, if you're going to be in the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg or Clearwater area, give me a ring; I trailer my boat to the best fishing spots so we don't have a long boat ride to the fish. With 15 years of guiding under my belt, you'll be in good hands if you jump aboard my Triton and go on a fishing adventure with me.

Let's get you hooked up today.

Thanks for stopping by,

Capt. John Rivers.

Capt.John Rivers Inshore Charters


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Doubled up on Snook
Doubled up on Snook

Nice Snook Tampa Bay
Nice Snook Tampa Bay

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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