November Fishing Forecast
Capt. Jim Britton
Offshore anglers will find plenty of hungry bottom fish this month. Dropping squid or frozen sardines down to the wrecks and reefs, in 80 to 100 feet of water should yield some nice grouper and sea bass. For larger bottom fish – beef up the tackle and drop down live bait, such as pin fish or mullet. Red grouper should start to stack up in areas with patchy hard bottom in more than 100 feet of water, also. On nice days between the windy fronts, a trip to the ledge may prove to be well worth the time. Trolling in November should be hot for yellow-fin tuna and large wahoo!
Unlike the last few years, our area was spared the effects of tropical storms. Therefore, the mullet run which started last month should continue into November. As the weather starts to turn cold, surf (and pier) fishing should heat up. Black drum, bluefish, flounder, and redfish will all be following the plentiful bait. Large sheepshead will also be moving into areas that have barnacles and oysters attached to structure. Pompano, whiting and large croakers should also make a nice showing this month.
Inshore fishermen should start scouting out their favorite trout holes this month. As the water temperature drops, larger trout will get more active as they recover from their breeding season. Topwater plugs or live bait under a float will help bag your limit of trout. Redfish will be heavy this month as they continue to gorge themselves on the mullet that seem to be everywhere in the river. Hopefully, the flounder bite (which has been tough since Mathew came through in 2016) will pick up this month also. Using a live mullet on a fishfinder rig or artificial soft plastics should work well to entice these fish to bite. Also inshore, black drum and sheepshead will be thick on structure in water more than 8 feet deep. I like fishing a ¼ ounce jig-head tipped with a small piece of shrimp for these notorious bait thieves.
Good luck on the water, and remember to submit pictures of your catch!