I’m back from a three week Atlantic salmon fishing vacation in Nova Scotia, and am looking forward to November saltwater fishing here in the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida area!
The water has cooled and the speckled trout fishing should turn on. Live shrimp on a sliding cork rig – or a slowly retrieved jig – are time-tested techniques for trout. Clear water is most productive. Of course, artificial lures will also catch their share of trout, especially when you fish early.
Bull reds should be along the beaches under the pogie pods and in the deep river. They will be suckers for blue crab and cut bait fished along the channel edges. Slot reds are feeding up and down the big jetties, and are also in the feeder creeks of the ICW. Flounder fishing has been shut down until December 1.
Sheepshead should bite well this month with the cooling water. They are a challenge to catch, but well worth the effort because of their culinary value. Fiddler crabs are the bait of choice.
Black drum have also shown up in the creeks and holes of the river. These fish are not the giant spawning drum of March and April, but are smaller 2-5 pounders that give you a spirited fight and are good eating. Drum are crustacean feeders and will hit shrimp, crab, and clam baits fished on the bottom.
Croakers, bluefish, ladyfish, and jacks are all possible inshore catches. Blacktip and spinner sharks are still in the area. If you want to try surf fishing, whiting, reds, drum, and the occasional pompano are all possible catches.
Pick your days to avoid the strong northeasters, and enjoy some November salt water fishing!