by Capt. Brian Nelli
November finally brings the cooler weather in to allow us to fish all day without the heat. Snook, redfish, trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel should be on your radar. Fishing mangrove lines and docks will produce most of the inshore species. Try using a slower presentation like a DOA shrimp around these structures. Channel edges and drop off along the flats will produce the aggressive bluefish and Spanish. I prefer wading out of the kayak to fish the channels and drop offs. Wading gives you the opportunity to really work an area where fish should be holding.
Northeast winds will start to push through this month making the surf an issue for each trip. When you hit the beach and see that the surf is rough, take some time and watch the waves. Most of the time you can see there is a pattern of a few big sets and a calm period. Time it out right and stay dry. Fish will start to move in shallow as the cold fronts push through. Look to target mahi, kings and sails in the 80-120’ area. As always gogs will be your best bet for live bait. Don’t forget about the bottom fishing as well. Muttons and yellowtails will be lurking in the 60-100’ reef patches. Frozen sardines, live mullet and frozen gogs will work best.
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