I always look forward to November because it is one of my absolute favorite months here in the 10,000 Islands! The reasons are numerous and I could probably go on forever describing them, but some of the highlights are…. 1) The weather patterns are typically mild with little rain and light winds, 2) Many fish are following and feeding on the huge bait pods just off the near coastal beaches, 3) The daytime temperatures are comfortably hovering in the high 70’s to low 80’s, 4) Many migratory birds are actively arriving for the winter……. and the list goes on!
The change of seasons will begin to affect our tides tremendously from now through the winter months. Watch out for those extreme negative low tides of the new moon between the 23rd-29th. A low tide of -.04 could ruin your day if you did not anticipate it. If you are out on the water, use these low tides to educate yourself as to where those shallow oyster bars and deep pockets lie. If you are going to explore new areas during these low tides, you may want to wait until an incoming tide to do so. This way if you get stuck on the bottom, it will only be a short wait until you are floating again.
The near coastal waters will fill up with Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Jacks, Ladyfish, and other energized fast swimming species. Look for the flocks of birds feeding on the scraps of an underwater frenzy. Send out a bucktail type jig, about . – 3/8 oz. tipped with a small piece of shrimp to add a little scent to the bait.
Around the Islands and oyster bars, look for tailing Redfishon the incoming tide that are poking around the oyster bars or underwater grass reeds. Try using a D.O.A. Deadly Combo with Root Beer Shrimp or a Berkley GULP! to get their attention. If you have live shrimp, send one out either free lined or under a popping cork. Pop that cork often…. It’s like ringing the dinner bell. Also try small live pinfish… those big Reds love em!
Stock up on some D.O.A. Baitbusters and Terror Eyz and head into the back country to battle with the Snook as they head way back in the creeks and rivers for the winter season. As the tide is moving out, fish the eddy side of the points. Try throwing them a handful of live pilchards followed by one on a circle hook. Hang on!
Don’t forget Trout season is closed all of November and December. You can still catch them, but be sure to throw them all back…. Always keep yourself up to date on the ever changing fishing rules and regulations on the FWC web site at: www.MyFWC.com
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