Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Fishing Forecast for November in the 10,000 Islands

Follow the Fish


Fall is finally here, and with it comes lower humidity, less rainfall, milder weather and much lighter winds. All of this results in great fishing opportunities off the coast. The average temperatures we see in November in this area are between 70 and 80. It is also the time of the year when we see the birds begin to arrive ahead of the winter season. With these season changes, we will also see tide changes as well. 

If you are looking for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and other active fish species, then November is the time to plan your fishing trip. However, you will also have to contend with all the birds making their way in. Remember though, while the birds might be some harsh competition this month, you can also use them to your advantage. Watch closely as they lead you directly to where all the fish are! 

When choosing the coastal areas where many of these fish can be found, bucktail jig is going to be ideal. You can use bucktail jig with a small piece of shrimp, and this promises a lot of line action. When looking for snook, travel to the backwater areas as this is when they make their way to the rivers and creeks ahead of winter. 

For snook, you will find more success if you choose to use live pilchard freelined or under a cork. Otherwise, you can also try using 3″ gulp shrimp. 

During the middle of November we often also see a cold front move in, which can drop the temperature in the area to the lower 60s. These will be the best days for anglers because the weather is more comfortable, and you will definitely see some action from the fish as well. 

The grass flats during the incoming tide will bring in bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, pompanos, and trout. When looking for redfish, check the incoming tide around the coastal island oyster bars. For redfish, a live shrimp will almost always get the bite but also try a DOA brand Root Beer Shrimp or a Berkley brand gulp shrimp as these are good for getting their attention.  

If you want to learn more about the best fishing spots in the 10,000 Islands area or you want to learn more about the type of tackle you should have when trying to fish in this area, then you may want to consider hiring a professional charter. They can provide you with some useful knowledge when it comes to local areas to fish, the right bait to use, and what local regulations you need to be aware of.  

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 on the water. We can be reached at 239-571-1756 or 



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