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Nov 1, 2017 Fishing Report Fishing Report Archives

Courtesy of

Coastal Angler Magazine


FORECAST BY: Capt. Rocky Carbia

November’s near coastal seascape will be shaped by the seasonal arrival of cold fronts that will push down into the Florida peninsula from northern environs.

These fronts typically have a windy character and frequently present strong velocity winds that often times blow for several days on end. “Fresh” breezes of 20 knots will create a rough and choppy ocean during this calendar month, prompting fishing crews to use discretion on marginal or prohibitive weather days. User-friendly weather “windows” will open for brief periods and allow for offshore surgical strikes, in between the passages of these frontal boundaries. Air temperature changes and the resultant temperature transitions in the ocean, east of Stuart, will allow the water column to become populated with the first wave of winter fish visitors. Snapper, grouper, king mackerel, sailfish, and mahi (just to name a few) will shuffle positions along area reef zones in search of baitfish, cover, and quality water conditions. Several species of grouper and snapper will lead the target species hit list and be found tight to reef structures in 50-to-150-feet of water. Naturally occurring reef lines in 70-to-140-feet will be the go-to-zones for fishing during this period, and will become more desirable as these structures are enhanced by current edges, temperature changes, and/or baitfish that develop over top, or along these reefs. Surface condition like these, that coincide with “structure”, will be one’s best bet for successful fish catching throughout the water column, during the month of November.


FORECAST BY: Capt. Scott Fawcett

Happy November Treasure Coast fish fans, I hope there is a lot for you to be thankful for this month. Unfortunately, I know, good weather, and clean water are not two things that jump to the front of the list after such a difficult September and October. But don’t lose hope, November should change all of that for the better. With hurricane season almost behind us, and hopefully record amounts of rainfall as well, cooler waters and the northwest winds of fall should/will bring, sails, wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna and virtually every other species of Atlantic fish migrating down our coast and reefs.

This time of year, is traditionally when we go back to trolling, although the last few years, more and more people have been putting up the kites with a spread of live bait and enjoying great days of fishing that way too. Bait is usually pretty consistently caught this time of year as long as it’s hasn’t been too rough, and the water isn’t too turned up and dirty. Capt. Bill Shuda’s “Home Port Charts” offer a number of great bait catching spots, along with all the best local reefs and wrecks. Chart 36 is our area and having one on board is a must. While trolling or live baiting this month, we would typically focus along the Six Mile and Eight Mile reefs along with areas and wrecks that hold bait in the 75-to-175-foot range, but if that doesn’t seem to pan out, it could definitely be worth running a little further out this year. Keep an eye out for faint color changes and barely visible tide lines. North tide plays a pretty big role in getting bites and usually you’ll find that starting just a few miles off the beach, but the last few months there have been days when the tide is actually moving south or there’s a down-tide out as far as 10 miles. Situations like this usually don’t make for great days of trolling or live baiting, but if you’re prepared, you can really have special deep-water bottom fishing on these days.  I always have a few R&R Tackle deep-drop rigs on board along with squid chunks. They have a glow bead and the hooks seem to maintain a better ratio than most, so we lose less fish bringing them up. We use Fin Nor 50 Marquesa reels on a Blackfin Bottom Rod and it’s the perfect combo for 65-365. I encourage hand-cranking in anything less than 500 feet for the preservation of the species and in order to not spin them off when your reeling them in too fast. We have even been dropping down as deep as 1600 manually for daytime swordfish our last few trips and it is amazing what today’s reels, rods and lines are capable of. Speaking of swords, this is a great time of year to target them. Last November on the whole was spectacular. We had one of my most memorable sword fights ever, we had double-digit sailfish days during the Palm Beach Sailfish Classic and the Fish Heads tournaments along with the days following, we great bottom action for snapper and sea bass and we even released a blue marlin in the middle of it all.

If this year is anything like last year. We’ll definitely have some good fishing to be thankful for this month. Hope to hear from you soon. Happy Thanksgiving.


FORECAST BY: Chris Sharp

The land based angler will be very happy with the variety of fish that shows up in November. Pompano and flounder will be showing up around our jetties and beaches in good numbers. It’s pretty hard to beat a double hook surf rig. Make sure a little yellow float above the hook and a piece of fish bites tipped with fresh clam is something you’re using on the beach. Fishing around the jetties can be a different story. Fishing for the flounder and other species a live shrimp with a ¼-ounce or 3/8-ounce T&A jig head will definitely be my bait of choice. If I am going to use an artificial lure my choices would be a ¼-ounce Bass Assassin jig head with a Bass Assassin Sea Shad. Drunk Monkey or Panhandle Moon with be my color of choice for the flounder. The artificial lure of choice for the pompano will be a ¼-ounce or a 3/8-ounce pompano jig from T&A Jigs. Pink and chartreuse will be my color of choice.

Now getting into the river. The mullet will still be around, just maybe a little harder to find. But that could be a good thing. Now that the fish don’t have as many options of food, the angler’s chances of catching a good quality fish goes way up. Using top water lures at first light will be very exciting because this time of year I find that I catch quite a few red fish on top water lures, which is always an awesome way to start your morning. Once the sun pops up, you want to go to a darker Bass Assassin lure. This time of year, I find myself using a little bit bigger bait. The Bass Assassin Die Dapper is a little bit bigger then the Sea Shad. And I normally get better quality fish on the bigger bait. Snook will also be on the menu, but remember that season closes in December. Look for them to be just as active as the red fish blowing up on your top waters multiple times before they finally grab it and the drag starts screaming off your reel. Don’t forget to always pinch their tail. The legal-size limit and bag limit is one fish per person per day and the fish has to measure 28-inches to 32-inches with a pinch tale on the East Coast of Florida.

Also, don’t forget to have fun on the water because it is called fishing and not catching. Learning something every time and meeting new people is always something that makes a good day of fishing.


FORECAST BY: Capt. John Young

The inshore fishing should be good and the water temps will be dropping due to cold fronts pushing down, typical for this time of year. The season change fires up the local species and early arrivals of the winter species will be making their appearance. In the surf, pompano, blues and macs will be showing up in big numbers once we get into a couple good cold fronts. Sand fleas or Doc Goofy jigs work well for pompano, cut bait or Kroc spoons is best for the blues and anything green and shiny for the macs. Early November is the time to target big trout on the “edges”. These edges can be a 12-inch hump in the grass flat or a sandy bar and can be very effective for the big trout to find comfort and ambush prey.  Most effective lure will be a soft plastic on a ¼-ounce jig head, work the lure with short twitches mimicking injured bait or fleeing bait. Also, medium-size topwater plugs will draw aggressive strikes and froth up the water to bring a good memory for later. Snook will start moving to the local bridges as the deeper water will have cleaner saltier water on the bottom. Live bait fished on the bottom or a jig fished slow bouncing off the bottom will be the ticket. Fish the bridge pilings or rocky bottom for sheepshead and black drum. Give the bait a little scent by tearing off the tail due to low water clarity–if they can’t see it they will smell it. 

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