Fishing Report: November 2011
All of the inshore fish should be available in November. Large trout will move into the bay waters of Clearwater and St. Joseph Sound. Redfish will school up in the shallows along the mangrove shore lines. Mackerel are still scattered throughout the bays on the incoming tide. Snook will move to the back waters and canals on the east side of both bays.
This 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 the front before giving it another try. Fishing can be great in November as long as you dodge the cold fronts.
Redfish should school up around the mangrove Islands. These fish constantly move so when you find the school, use a stealth approach. They may not be there the next day. White bait, cut bait, shrimp and Gulp artificials all work well when targeting redfish.
As long as the weather says relatively stable for the entire month, start your search for gator trout in three to four feet of water with grass and sand bottom in Clearwater and Dunedin bays. The fish will move around and so should you. Use white bait if you can find it and if not, use shrimp. There are lots of artificials that catch trout as well. I like the darker colors in late fall and winter. A three inch Cal in root beer color would be a good start.
Now if a super cold front blows through and drops the water temperature 10 or more degrees, count on that changing everything.
Charter now for fall fishing.
Capt. Gary Burch