In early October, dolphin showed up in droves. It was great and we certainly hope they stick around through November. Although there were plenty of rips in 150 foot to 300 foot depths, we couldn’t find any good weed lines and trolling wasn’t great. We caught all of our dolphin on flotsam (such as boards, jugs and the like) and several fish came right up to the boat as we lay at anchor bottom fishing. They were finicky and preferred smaller live baits. The fall mullet run gave us ample baits and hopefully the mullet can still be found in November.
Keep a sharp eye out for monster kingfish this month. Use a wire stinger rig for the kingfish with live bait. Three good bait choices, that will be available this month, are mullet, thread fin herring and blue runners. If you’re bottom fishing, hook a bait on the front hook in the mouth and let the stinger hook dangle. Put the rod in a holder and set the reel on bait runner and wait for the bite.
The grouper bite should pick up in deeper waters for the next couple of months before the spawning season starts. When you get out there, use a big live pinfish, or if you’re lucky enough to fish on a day with little or no current, anchor up and drop down a whole slab of kingfish as bait. The big grouper will slurp it up!
We still haven’t found the mangrove snappers we were chumming up in 80 feet in September, but there are plenty of vermillion snappers and triggerfish to be had. Use a chicken rig with squid for your best shot at them.