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Cooler Weater has the fish biting

Capt. John Rivers
December 5, 2018
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report

Tampa Bay Fishing Report
Rivers to Bay Fishing Charters - R2B Fishing with Capt. John
Thanksgiving has come and gone; our bellies are full and it's time to burn some calories, but we're not going to the gym; we're going to hook into some cobia, big snook, hard pulling redfish and gator trout.

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Fall / winter fishing has arrived in Tampa Bay and I'm excited to say it has started out perfect. We've had a couple of cold fronts and it's brought the water temps to right around 62-68 degrees depending upon where you are in Tampa Bay, and that is perfect for all the above-mentioned species.

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Bait is hit and miss in the bay, so make sure you put some shrimp in the boat and some days that's all you'll need as everything is eating shrimp right now. On my last trip, I fished the incoming tide. We had very low tides due to a strong north wind, so I had to fish outer edges and drop-offs. It was a good pattern as the fish were there and we landed a lot of snook and even a nice 38" cobia.

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Christmas is right around the corner, and if you are looking for a good lure to ask for, get a 4" paddle tail ZMan MinnowZ in a couple different colors. It's a great trout lure for late December and January.
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. Sorry for not posting a report in a while and keeping this one short, but the bite's been too good to be on the computer!
Remember R2B Fishing with Capt. John Rivers, and here's wishing you tight lines.

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Covering the Tampa Bay, Clearwater and St Petersburg area. Light tackle fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout and more While cruising from spot to spot in our 24 ft custom Triton bay boat you will be riding in comfort, it has all the amenities. I'm a veteran fishing guide of 14 years and you'll be in good hands. Thanks for stopping by. Tight Lines... John

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