November brings cooler air and water temperatures to our area. This is the time to get in some of the best fishing Florida has to offer.
Inshore fishing is very good. We are catching a lot of redfish on the outer points and mangrove shorelines. Live green backs or live pin fish are the best baits right now.
Trout are holding in waters only one to four feet deep. Target grass flats with sand holes and a kelp bottom. White or watermelon colored red soft plastic are great search baits during these calm clear days. MirrOlure 17 and 19 in the 808 and 50 colors are also great baits for trout.
Snook are working their way deeper into the creeks and bays. Live green backs are always my go-to snook candy. Incoming tide is producing the best action.
The shallow water grouper bite is really heating up too and they are ready to eat. On my charters, we are doing very well with dead and live bait. My favorite technique to catch grouper though, is using plugs. When fishing in six to twelve-foot depth, we’ve been using Rapala FMAG 18 and Rapala Xraps for plugs. I recommend getting up wind or up-current drift within casting distance to the rocks. Cast the plug past the rock, working all sides, as well.