Friday, January 28, 2022

Fishing Forecast for November


When fishing for snook, search the backwater areas | Photos by Capt. Pete Rapps

Fall is here, and November is one of the favorite times of the year in the 10,000 Islands area. The milder weather, lower humidity, minimal rainfall, and lighter winds are all ingredients that combine to produce very active fish that are happy to feed on the bait pods that are off the coast.

Average daytime temperatures during the month of November typically average between the 70s and 80s and the birds are arriving ahead of the winter season. Due to the season change, we can also expect a change in the tides as well.

During November, we will see a significant amount of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and other more active fish species. However, the increasing number of bird flocks migrating into this area will also provide us with a bit of competition when it comes to the fish. But they can also lead you right to them as well.

If you choose to fish near the coastal areas where these fish types can be found, then a bucktail jig is more than suitable. It can be used with a small piece of shrimp, and you will see a lot of action on your fishing line when doing so.

Redfish are more commonly found this time of the year on both the incoming and outgoing tides around the oyster bars. To get their attention Live Shrimp will usually do the trick, especially when used under a popping cork.

When fishing for snook during November, you will want to search the backwater areas because this is the time of the year that they begin making their trip back into the creeks and rivers because of the approaching winter season. Bait of choice will be a live pilchard free lined with a popping cork. If live pichards are not an option then a 3” gulp shrimp should also get the job done.

Bob with a beautiful redfish caught on a Captain Rapps Charter.

The middle of November is often met with a cold front, and when this happens, the temperature could drop lower into the sixties. Not only will these days be most comfortable for anglers, but they will also provide some great bite action for all of the local species. It is said that the day before a cold is to be one of the better days of fishing.

The grass flats on the incoming tide will bring a variety of bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, pompanos, trout, and so much more. However, don’t neglect to check the back bays if you are looking for even more fishing action.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park.

Captain Rapps’ Charters & Guides offers expert guided, light tackle, near shore, and backwater fishing trips in the 10,000 Islands of the Everglades National Park, and tarpon-only charters in the Florida Keys. Capt. Rapps’ top-notch team accommodates men, women and children of all ages, experienced or not, and those with special needs. Between their vast knowledge and experience of the area, and easygoing demeanors, you are guaranteed to have a great day. Book your charter 24/7 using the online booking calendar, see Capt. Rapps’ first class web site at, or call

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