Fall is here, and November is one of the favorite times of the year in the 10,000 Islands area. The milder weather, lower humidity, minimal rainfall, and lighter winds are all ingredients that combine to produce very active fish that are happy to feed on the bait pods that are off the coast.
Average daytime temperatures during the month of November typically average between the 70s and 80s and the birds are arriving ahead of the winter season. Due to the season change, we can also expect a change in the tides as well.
During November, we will see a significant amount of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and other more active fish species. However, the increasing number of bird flocks migrating into this area will also provide us with a bit of competition when it comes to the fish. But they can also lead you right to them as well.
If you choose to fish near the coastal areas where these fish types can be found, then a bucktail jig is more than suitable. It can be used with a small piece of shrimp, and you will see a lot of action on your fishing line when doing so.
Redfish are more commonly found this time of the year on both the incoming and outgoing tides around the oyster bars. To get their attention Live Shrimp will usually do the trick, especially when used under a popping cork.
When fishing for Snook during November, you will want to search the backwater areas because this is the time of the year that they begin making their trip back into the creeks and rivers because of the approaching winter season. Bait of choice will be a live pilchard free lined with a popping cork. If live pilchards are not an option, then a 3” gulp shrimp should also get the job done.
The middle of November is often met with a cold front, and when this happens, the temperature could drop lower into the sixties. Not only will these days be most comfortable for anglers, but they will also provide some great bite action for all of the local species. It is said that the day before a cold is to be one of the better days of fishing.
The grass flats on the incoming tide will bring a variety of bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, pompanos, trout, and so much more. However, don’t neglect to check the back bays if you are looking for even more fishing action.
Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, or just getting to know your new or existing boat, you can always hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, anchoring and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at www.captainrapps.com or shoot us an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-571-1756.
Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.