Banana River Lagoon Fishing Forecast & No Motor Zone – November

With the month of November upon us, anglers will jump at the chance to catch some nice fish while enjoying the change of season in our great state of Florida. During this time of year, anglers will begin to move away from their summer time approach to fishing. As water temperatures cool down, many fish will begin to change their feeding habits. Spotted sea trout, redfish, and black drum will be in search of an easy meal. One of my favorite rigs to use when targeting these fish is a popping cork. A popping cork is basically a fixed cork that is rigged onto a 15-pound test mono leader that is 18” to 30” long. If you are looking for a cork on the retail market that is made to catch fish than look no further than a Bass Assassin Kwik Cork. Attaching a live shrimp or Bass Assassin Die Dapper 3.5” (Mama’s Chicken) onto a popping cork and suspending the bait just above the bottom is a great way to target these fish. Once the bait is in the targeted area, anglers will want to give the cork a quick tug. This makes a very distinctive sound that will get plenty attention. This is especially true when conditions are calm. Anglers will want to make long casts for more hook ups. When conditions are right, anglers should consider drifting. This style of fishing will allow folks to target sandy pot holes, grass flats, or even channel drop offs with ease. Drifting also allows anglers to practice stealth like approach so fish are not easily spooked.

Snook are known to feed along mangrove shorelines with steep drop offs, near boat docks, and lurk the bridge fenders that are lit up at night. Live shrimp, pinfish, or bright colored scented jerk baits will all work well.