Tampa Bay Fishing Report November 2017

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Snook Cooling water temperatures has the snook bite going strong. They should become even more active as they get accumulated and comfortable to the lower water temps. Having maintained decent snook action most of the summer November should continue nicely with plenty of action.

Redfish was active in last month and should continue into November. Good red fishing should continue with catches around oyster bars, mangroves and broken bottom grass flats. We’re using mostly cut pinfish and cut ladyfish.

The Sea Trout bite continues getting stronger right into and through the winter months, so be prepared for some decent winter trout action. Always try to fish strong incoming and outgoing tides using artificial lures, live greenbacks and shrimp. Free line your baits sometimes with a small split shot or a popping cork and a small split shot to keep it away from the birds.

Mackerel, Blue Fish Ladyfish should still be hanging around feeding on bait schools. If you’re interested in some extra excitement check out the mackerel bite. Live greenbacks or a silver spoon and if you’re really looking for some exciting action try a topwater. Don’t turn your nose up about ladyfish because they can be loads of fun. The one thing to remember is always use a Dehooker at the side of the boat. If you bring the in the boat they have a tendency to poop everywhere including on you.

Mangrove Snapper are found on every rock pile or structure around Tampa Bay and fairly easy to catch, but you’ve got to be quick. A small (knocker or Carolina rig) with a #1 or 1/0 hook should produce a nice meal. They’re really partial to the small greenbacks and shrimp.

Pompano are showing up around the bridges. I’m seeing some nice catches coming to the boat dock. Bridge pilings are a great place for pompano, because the barnacles have grown up over the years and now attract small crabs, shrimp and other sources of food. Other places to fish are around the mouths of passes, mainly those with a drop off near the mouth of the pass. These are ideal spots to fish an incoming tide as pompano will be in the deeper water waiting for the tide to flush sand fleas, and crabs over the drop.

Cobia Often found around range markers, channel markers and bridges during November. Toss them a pinfish, greenback or artificial eel, wait for the rod to bend, then hold on and crank.

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