Tampa Bay Area Fishing Report November 2009

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Tampa Bay’s the largest open-water estuary in the state, and is home to a myriad of sea grasses, marine life and a hale and hearty diversity of fish. These marine creatures attract many species of fish, birds, manatees and other wildlife which come to feast on the rich food sources. If angling is something you enjoy, then Tampa Bay and the inter-coastal waters of the gulf coast certainly offer some awesome fishing opportunities.

While fishing can be done year round, fall offers some excellent opportunities on a variety of species. On fishing outings some species you’re likely catch include snook, redfish, cobia, tarpon, trout, grouper, kingfish, and mackerel. Read on to see what’s going on in November?

As we approach the cool water temperatures of winter, shallow water fishing definitely improves. The fish start aggressively feeding for winter and become more active as they search for food. They’ll take an assortment of baits from live to dead. And since they will have large appetites anglers will have greater success using a wider range of artificial lures.

Snook: This is our last month to keep snook as the season closes December first. November is when things usually start coming alive around the bay and inter-coastal waterways. Snook are usually tops on the list as the fall transition has started and we are catching Snook on just about every shoreline.  The best bite has been at the beginning and end of either incoming or outgoing tides. Snook normally respond live baits as well as top water lures, jerk baits and shallow diving lures.

Spotted Sea Trout: Beginning November first it will be catch and release only in the south region until January first. Otherwise winter’s a great time for the big gator trout especially as they start working their way into the back-country and deeper grass flats. Often concentrating in deeper holes usually makes them easier to locate especially on low tides.

Redfish: The reds are still biting and some are still schooled up biting everything tossed in their direction. They should continue to be consistent on the flats and around the mangroves. A variety of artificial lures are catching their share along with live shrimp, sardines, and pinfish. The key to finding redfish, is fishing dark patchy bottoms, especially around schools of larger mullet. Although chumming with live bait works, tossing dead cut bait around the mangroves on flooding tides usually brings them out to investigate. Most are holding close to the shoreline.
Inshore Gag Grouper: The inshore grouper bite will pickup especially as the water temperatures cool down. Fishing should be good when we can avoid the northerly cold fronts and high winds. Lots of keeper nearshore and Tampa Bay fish coming up with a few really nice keepers from 15 to 25 feet of water. These guys are awesome fun especially on light tackle and trolling.

Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Bluefish: November cold fronts are here and so are the traditionally high winds that follow. As the water temps fall with each passing front the near beach kingfish bite should improve. Tons of bait should bring the kings, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and bonito within a mile or so of the beach or inside the bay.

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