Captain
John Rivers

Member since March 2017 Tampa, United States
Background
Captain John Rivers has over 46 years of experience. After the Marines, John decided to start his own charter company and has now been successfully guiding for 17 years. His first passion was Bass fishing, which later transformed into love for saltwater species: for John, there is nothing like hooking into a monster Snook and pulling him out of the Mangroves or chasing Redfish on the flats. His first ever saltwater fish was 30lb bull Redfish, which got him hooked for life. The Captain enjoys sharing his knowledge with his friends and clients, putting them on fish.
Techniques
I fish with live bait and artificials.

Hey, I'm Captain John Rivers

Tampa, United States
Background
Captain John Rivers has over 46 years of experience. After the Marines, John decided to start his own charter company and has now been successfully guiding for 17 years. His first passion was Bass fishing, which later transformed into love for saltwater species: for John, there is nothing like hooking into a monster Snook and pulling him out of the Mangroves or chasing Redfish on the flats. His first ever saltwater fish was 30lb bull Redfish, which got him hooked for life. The Captain enjoys sharing his knowledge with his friends and clients, putting them on fish.
Techniques
I fish with live bait and artificials.

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Rivers To Bay Fishing Charters

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March Snook Madness in Tampa Bay
March Snook Madness in Tampa Bay
Mar 7, 2019 Tampa
March Madness usually means Basketball, but here in Tampa Bay it means the snook bite is on. This week we’re hopefully having our last cold front, and it’s going to drop down into the lower 40’s, but that’s ok, because it’s going to keep the water temps right where they need to be to keep the bite going strong like it has been over the past two weeks. The Snook bite has been so good that I’ve had 50 + Snook days and that’s no fish tale. The bite’s been crazy good for snook, and the redfish have been chewing as well. On my last few trips, we’ve boated some nice redfish, with the biggest right around 36 inches. Let’s switch gears a minute and talk about Sheepshead some; this year I thought the sheepshead bite was going to be exceptional, but with the warmer temps in February, it’s not been as good as it usually is in February, but this cold front might be just what we need to fire off the sheepies to spawn and let us catch a few for dinner. So, what can you expect if you’re heading to Tampa Bay/Tarpon Springs to fish with me? Expect lots of bent rods, lots of snook, plenty of reds, and a sufficient amount of trout. If you’re heading to Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or Tarpon Springs and would like to experience a professional inshore fishing trip, you’ve come to the right place. With over 21 years fishing the gulf coast and 17 years guiding professionally, I can assure you that you’re in good hands. Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to setting up your Tampa Bay Backcountry Fishing Trip. Sincerely, Capt. John Rivers
Outstanding Fishing In Tampa Bay - Snook
Outstanding Fishing In Tampa Bay - Snook
Aug 26, 2018 Tampa
Tampa Bay Fishing Report Rivers to Bay Fishing Charters - R2B Fishing with Capt. John Let’s first talk about the Red Tide that’s hit the gulf coast, I can to say that it has not hit Tampa Bay, St. Pete or Clearwater as of 8/26. I’ve been out a lot the past two weeks and fishing has been excellent. I do feel bad for my fellow captains down south of me that have had to deal with the effects of Red Tide and the fish kills that they have endured. So, what are we catching in Tampa Bay right now? Lots of Mangrove Snapper and some of them are very good sized. I’ve been able to get two and three-man limits of Mangroves on most trips. Next is Speckled Trout; the bite for trout has been very good on both incoming and outgoing tides. I’m using both live and artificials on the trout. Next up is Snook, and again it’s been excellent for snook in the 18”-22” range, with a few fish over 26 inches. Lastly let’s talk about redfish; the Red fishing in Tampa Bay has been hit and miss for me, where one day I’m on them and the next I’m not. I always say that there are no fences out there, and sometimes the fish move on. I will say that the next three months is when the red fishing in Tampa Bay gets awesome. Starting now going into Labor Day and really getting good in late September and all of October. As the water cools in October the inshore bite is going to be off the chain, so if you’re looking for some rod bending action with nonstop drag pulling, give me a ring in October and let’s get you hooked up. You really R2B Fishing with Capt. John! Hope to see you on the water. Tight Lines. Capt. John
Plethora of fish in tampa bay, The Bite'
Plethora of fish in tampa bay, The Bite'
Jul 19, 2018 Tampa
Tampa Bay Fishing Report Rivers to Bay Fishing Charters - R2B Fishing with Capt. John The inshore bite has been very good for many species in Tampa Bay, so let’s start with Spanish Mackerel; they can be found all over Tampa Bay around the markers and near the flats where there is a lot of bait around. Next on the menu is Mangrove Snapper; the bite has really picked up the past two weeks and is only going to get better, chum heavily, use a light leader and you’ll have good results. Red fishing has been off and on, at least for me over the past few weeks. I know a few areas that are holding them, but getting them to eat is another story, you must catch the tide right and have the right bait, which is either a fresh cut pinfish or fresh dead threadfin. Snook fishing has been great even though it’s July and it’s hot out. The fish that have been out on the beach are starting to make their way back into the bay, but if you’re out on the beach, no worries, there are still plenty of big snook to be caught, just remember they are out of season, so take extra care to make sure they swim off alive. One key thing is to find clean water and hit it on the right tide and you’ll have a productive day. On my last trip we crushed the Snook, with over 20+ fish with a few over 27”. On light tackle these fish are tons of fun, and great for families or the serious angler. Trout fishing is also very good both in the bay and off the beaches. The key is to hit them early in the morning or close to sunset and you’ll do well. Over the next month the fishing will pretty much stay the same, and you just need to find clean water for snook, fish shaded spots for reds in the middle of the day and mackerel are pretty much on every marker and near the flats. Yes, July can be hot, but don’t let that prevent you from booking a Tampa Bay Fishing Trip with Rivers to Bay Fishing Charters, as we are still bending the rods and I’ll have plenty of water on board to keep you in the fight. Hope to see you on the water. Tight Lines. Capt. John

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4 Hour Trip (AM) on March 26, 2019
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We had a terrific day with Captain John. We caught around 30 snook and probably 10 of them were in the 20 to 30 inch category....
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6 Hour Trip (AM) on March 18, 2019
Captain John is exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced fishing Tampa Bay!  He is personable and hard working and he put...
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5 HR Trip - PM on March 23, 2019
We have been out with Captain John a few times and have had a great experience every time.  Whether it is taking clients out...
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6 Hour Trip (AM) on April 15, 2019
I’ve lived in St. Pete/Tampa for almost 2 years and I finally found a Captain that I will go back and charter a fishing trip...
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