Monday, December 6, 2021

Fishing Forecast for November


Two weeks after Hurricane Irma, this crew from the Windstar Fishing Club came home with a nice catch on a Captain Rapps charter from the Rod and Gun Club. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

Two weeks after Hurricane Irma, this crew from the Windstar Fishing Club came home with a nice catch on a Captain Rapps charter from the Rod and Gun Club. Photo by Capt. Pete Rapps

We have finally reached the official start of all and November is a favorite for many people in the 10,000 Islands area. We begin to experience milder weather patterns, lower humidity, very little rain, lighter winds, and the fish are very active and feeding on the bait pods that are right off the coast.

Fishing is at it’s best for the season right now. Hurricane Irma had no negative effect on the fishing. In fact, we have seen an incredible increase in our catch of quality fish beginning just days after the storm. The redfish action has been incredible for the entire last month. We encourage everyone to get out fishing this November to see how good the bite and action really has been.



During November, the average daytime temperatures are between the 70s and the 80s and the migratory birds are even beginning to arrive ahead of winter. Due to the shifting of seasons, the tides will change as well.

The month of November brings us a plethora of near coastal including Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and other more active and faster-paced species of fish. The increasing flocks of birds will also want in on this fishing action and will feed on any scraps the fish create as they tear into schools of bait, so it is always a promising idea to follow these flocks. They will lead you straight to the great fishing spots.

For fishing near the coastal areas where all these fish can be found, a bucktail type jig will be suitable. It should be around 1/4 to 3/8 ounces and tipped with a small piece of shrimp for even more action on your line.

If you are looking for redfish, then it is best to look at the incoming tide around the coastal island oyster bars. A DOA brand Root Beer Shrimp or a Berkley brand GULP Shrimp are sure to get their attention. Live shrimp are amongst my favorite for reds, and should be used under a popping cork.

For snook, try a DOA brand Baitbusters or a DOA brand Terror Eyz. You will be able to find them in more of the backwater setting because they are beginning their trip back into the creeks and rivers in anticipation of winter. Their favorite bait are live pilchards on a circle hook as well.

Typically, around the middle of the month, we may also see signs of our first cold front. When this happens, we can expect the temperatures to drop into the midsixties. This will make for some very comfortable days on the water and incredible bite action for all of our local species.

Be sure to visit three to five-foot grass flats on the incoming tide, and you can find a wide selection of fish such as bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, pompanos, trout, and more. Again, the backwaters may also prove to be a good spot, so be sure to also check the creeks and back bays for even more fishing action.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about what type of tackle is needed to fish 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.

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 239-571-1756.

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