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November, and a little cooler or at least a little more comfortable and a pleasure to be outdoors. November kicks off the annual migration of fish headed for warmer waters south of our area or into the local rivers. Fish will seek a comfortable area in regards to both temperature and habitat.
Spanish mackerel and King mackerel will hang around until the water temperatures drops through 70 degrees, then head south. Best concentration of mackerel will be just off the gulf beaches, a bit of a run from the SouthShore but well worth it. When fishing king fish (King Mackerel) heaver tackle is a must. Try using a wire leader and at least 40 pound test line. Big live pilchards will work just fine on a 2/0 or 3/0 long shank hook
Snook will head into the rivers and deeper water of Tampa Bay looking for warmth. I would expect the snook bite to be a little better than it has been in October where the Southshore bite was absolutely terrible. Live bait is my bait of choice when looking for Snook. I like to have a pilchards about 3 inches long free lined on 10 pound test using a 1/0 circle hook with 25 pound Ohero fluorocarbon leader. The lighter line and leader are not readily seen in the clear cool waters of November.
Trout will be on the deeper grass and some of the deeper spots in the Manatee and little Manatee Rivers. Try fishing trout with a DOA shrimp under a Cajon thunder or some of the wide verity of soft plastic tails along with a jig head. My rule of thumb is to use live bait on warmer days and artificial on the cooler days. Lighter tackle using 10 pond test and 15 to 20 pond leader I like to use circle hooks in sizes 1 or 2.
Redfish will move near the many oyster bars that fill the back country of Tampa Bay. Try using a pin fish under a bobber. Another good way to catch Red fish is to use cut up lady fish or pin fish. The dead bait ad’s a little sent to the waters. When fishing with dead bait you must have patients and do expect to catch plenty of cat fish.
This past October was one of the worst months I have seen for fishing quite a while but I am optimistic that Novembers bite will be much better so long as our air temperature stays near normal.
I can’t go into November without a mention of the Fishing for Hope food drive held each year and coordinated by Capt. Bill Miller. This year’s event will be held on November 22, 2014 at the Metropolitan Ministries 400 West Palm Ave. (West Palm and North Blvd) in Tampa. Let’s make this a great year!
Capt. Danny Guarino a lifelong resident of the Tampa area and full time fishing guide on Tampa Bay. 813-
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