John Rivers

Spring Break trips have officially begun and the fishing has been pretty good, not quite great yet, but it'll warm up a bit more, and then it will be on fire. We had a very cold winter and the fish (Sheepshead) are running a little late this year. Good thing is the redfish, black drum, and red snapper are biting, so we can go after several species on one trip.

I'm catching the big reds by sight fishing them in the shallows in depths of 3-6 ft in crystal clear water. The schools of fish range between 10 Ė100 fish, so multiple hookups are possible. Next week looks good weather wise and I think the sheepshead will finally be there as the water temps are finally right.

When fishing for sheepshead and redfish in the pass, the go-to bait is live shrimp, but you can also use fiddler crabs and oysters. This is the only time of the year I use live bait unless my client requests live bait on board. After the spring sheepshead run, I'll be back on flats with my new Triton stalking reds and trout.

Here are some of the baits I like while I'm on the flats: ZMan baits and MirrOlure's hard baits including their top-water plugs.

It's going to be a great spring, so stay tuned for some fun reports and pics.

Thanks for stopping by! Tight Lines.


Fish Species: Redfish, Black Drum, Red Snapper
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The big reds are biting this spring.
The big reds are biting this spring.

Two big drums make for a good day.
Two big drums make for a good day.

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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