November Fishing Forecast 2013
November is a great month to be fishing the flats and back waters of Clearwater and Dunedin. The cold fronts that push through can stir up the waters a bit and drop the temperatures somewhat. So it would be best to wait a day or two after a front passes before giving it another try. Let the cloudy waters calm down a little because fishing can be great this month as long as you dodge the cold fronts.
A lot of my trips in November will have me fishing all over the bays. Fishing the mangroves one day then across the bay fishing docks the next. Just as we caught tailing redfish in the mangroves, two days later, they're gone. Next we found 20 inch trout and blue fish in the same area. This is normal fishing in November as the winter cold fronts push the fish around. Fish are constantly on the move. As weather conditions stabilize, the fish will hold in the same area.
Late October I could tell that fall was in the air. Most of the fish caught at this time were very hungry and aggressive. Even the smaller reds and trout took the bait like a freight train. This is a great indication of things to come.
There will be some snook holding on the flats and around the passes this month where bait is plentiful. I’m still throwing white baits at these snook. Using top water plugs in the mornings should work as well. After a few more cold fronts and lower water temps, they should move on to their winter haunts. Looking for snook after the temperatures drop will send us back into the canals, rivers and back waters where the water will be slightly warmer.
The gator trout, 20+ inch fish, will be showing up in greater numbers this month on most of the grass flats just inside Clearwater and Dunedin passes. Bait fish should still be present in most areas and the trout will be feeding. White bait, live shrimp and artificials will score big on these large fish. Drifting the grass flats is an efficient way to find your trout. Once found, stop and fish that area for additional catches.
Kingfish, Cobia, Mackerel and Blue Fish will make their appearance this month. Kingfish can be found along the beaches, artificial reefs and in the Tampa Bay ship channels. Mackerel and blue fish are already being caught in the bays and along the beaches in good numbers. Cobia will be scattered around both inshore and offshore this month.
November is possibly the best month of the year to be on the water. With all of the different species available, get on the water and catch up some.
Capt. Gary Burch owns and operates All Catch Charters and specializes in live baits and artificials. He guides inshore, flats and backcountry from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. To reach Capt. Gary for a charter, please call 727 458-6335 or visit his website: www.allcatchcharters.com
Capt. Gary Burch