Archive for November, 2011

Tampa Fishing December Forecast

We are at the end of another great year of fishing. If November is any indication of how the year will end, then we are in store for some warm days. If there aren’t warm days and we get hammered by strong cold fronts, the key is to be flexible. The snook bite was on fire last month and if the warm weather continues, should carry over to this month. The redfish continue to keep us on our toes and are on the move. The trout will continue to keep rods bent with the big “Gator” trout invade the flats of Tampa Bay. Sheepshead will be on the move and making their way into Tampa fishing areas.

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Snook

The Tampa fishing charters snook bite was on fire last month and if our water temperatures don’t drop too fast, the bite can continue all month. Fishing the areas around our rivers (Little Manatee, Alafia and Hillsborough) will produce snook. The snook move in and around the rivers to get through the cold months. Live scaled sardines are the bait of choice. When temperatures get cold, the snook’s metabolism slows and then it’s time to switch to shrimp. Free lined with a 30lb Berkley fluorocarbon leader and a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook is a great set up. Artificial baits like the D.O.A shrimp or MirrOlure MirrOdine are great baits. I like natural colors but find out what works for you.

Redfish

The redfish are more tolerant to the colder weather than snook. The bite continues to be inconsistent, but if you continue to work and put the time in, you will find the fish. Winter is a great time to work on your artificial lure skills. A spoon worked slowly over top of grass flats is a good way to work a lot of area fast and locate fish. Soft plastics like D.O.A shrimp, Berkley Gulp! shrimp, and jerk shad are good plastics. Hard baits such as MirrOlure MirrOdine, Zarra Spook, and Super Spook are great. You can pick these up at your local Tampa fishing tackle stores.

Trout

The FWC had a meeting last month and decided to have an open season year round for trout. This does not take effect until next year. Trout season will still be CLOSED in the Tampa fishing area December and will reopen January 1st . We will still have some great catch and release action this month. As temperatures drop, the bigger trout invade our flats. Now is the time to get that “Gator” trout we are all after. On lower tides, work the drop offs and edges of the flats. As the tide comes in, move on the flats and work the potholes. Remember season will remain closed this month. Trout have a protective slime, so use a dehooker to release them.

Best of the Rest

The cooler temperatures will bring the sheepshead into Tampa  Bay fishing areas as they prepare to spawn soon. Rock piles, docks, and artificial reefs will hold fish. Live shrimp or sand fleas will work. If temperatures drop fast and water temperatures get cold, look to fish the TECO power plant. The different amounts of species you can catch are amazing. Cobia, sharks, snook, redfish, pompano… the list goes on. Make sure you pay attention to the no fishing signs. FWC will patrol the area.

To book a Tampa fishing charter with Tampa fishing guide Captain Will Shook, call 813.732.5971 or visit TampaFLFishingCharters.com

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November Fishing Forecast

November means shorter days and cooler temperatures. With our clocks turning back, the days have become shorter and temperatures have fallen. If the weather cooperates, November can be a productive month. Snook have started to move to their winter spots, redfish will be on the flats, although closed in our region, big trout will invade the flats and the mackerel will be around as long as temperatures stay warm.

Redfish

The redfish bite was a good last month and should continue through November. I haven’t seen a lot of schooling fish. The fish we have been catching are in groups of 2-4 fish. On low tides, fish the edge of the flats. As the tide moves in, fish mangrove trees and oyster bars. When looking for a good flat, I look for the schools of mullet. Redfish and other game species like to hang around and feed on anything the mullet stir up. The key is to have a lot of live white bait to chum with. Live whitebait fished on a 25lb Berkley fluorocarbon leader and a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook is a great setup.

Snook

Snook season will remain closed but catch and release is still an option. Snook have started to make their move to their winter spots so look at some of the usual stopping points in our area. Tidal flow is important any time you are targeting snook. Target areas where the tide flows with good ambush points. Live scaled sardine (white bait) on a 30lb Berkley fluorocarbon leader with a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook free lined is a great snook rig. Remember to handle these fish with extreme care and as little as possible. We need to take care of the ones we have.

Trout

Trout season is set to close this month and remain closed through December if the FWC doesn’t change it. The FWC is asking for input from anglers on whether to have an open season year around for recreational anglers. Check out MyFWC.com for any changes. If season remains closed, catch and release is an option. The big “gator” trout will invade the flats in our region as temperatures continue to drop. Live shrimp or scaled sardines will work great but artificial lures are a lot of fun. It’s hard to beat a big trout crushing a topwater plug. Zara spook in a bone color is my favorite topwater plug. Play around with it and find out what colors and plugs work best for you.

Best of the Rest

We have had a great year for flounder. I like to fish sandy pot holes along any flat. Live shrimp or whitebait fished on the bottom will produce some nice flounder. Spanish mackerel should continue to keep anglers happy. If water temperatures hang around the magic number of 72 degrees, we should continue to have a good bite. Have a rod rigged for kingfish. Grouper will get active in our region. A great starting point is the ship channel. Troll a Manns Stretch 30 plug or a white buck tail jig and you are sure to score some nice gags. Be sure to keep an eye on the grouper changes coming down. Look for sheepshead to start to show up in our region. Most structure will hold sheephead. Dock pilings, rocks, and jetties. I like shrimp on a jig head. As water temperatures cool, more fish will show up.

Captain Will Shook is a full-time captain. To book a charter, call 813-732-5971 or visit

www.TampaFLFishingCharters.com

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