John Rivers

Spring showed up early in Tampa Bay and Clearwater Beach

The tourists have started to show up for Spring Break, ready to enjoy the sights, sun, and perhaps some fishing. The fish are already thick in the bay, and if Snook is on your bucket list, then you need to leave work right now, book the next flight to Tampa Bay and book a trip with me NOW! I'm catching 30 60 a day depending upon how many clients are on board. This is Light Tackle Fishing at it's finest.

Red fishing has been pretty good too; we're catching a few while snook fishing, but the fun really begins when we stumble upon a large school of fish and get multiple hookups.

With the snook bite so tremendous, I've not been targeting trout much, but if you like to catch a few, we can do that as well. We can also target the Mangrove Snappers. They not only put up a good fight, they taste good, too. Right now is a great time to aim for these tasty buggers. So as you can tell, fishing has really fired off in Tampa and it should be this productive for the next few months.

Spring Break is a great time to visit Tampa or Clearwater. We're not too hot yet and the fishing is very good, and there are plenty of species to go after.

You just have to pick the right fishing guide and that's where I come in. I've been guiding for over 15 years. I love fishing and even enjoy watching my clients catch fish just as much.

Tight Lines... Capt. John Rivers

Covering Tampa Bay - Clearwater


Fish Species: Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper
Bait Used:
Tackle Used:
Method Used:
Water Depth:
Water Temperature:
Wind Direction:
Wind Speed:
Father and son trips are always fun
Father and son trips are always fun

Mangrove Snappers and Trout are on the menu
Mangrove Snappers and Trout are on the menu

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 !

Click Here For Past Fishing Reports by Captain John Rivers