I’m back from a six 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 has turned on. Some weakfish, locally called yellow mouth trout, are also in the mix. 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 are 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.
The flounder bite has been so-so far this year. Possible reasons: dredging, increases in gigging activity, divers spearing them on the reefs, more people fishing for them, etc. However, this time of year is usually a productive time for flounder fishing, with the most effective baits including finger mullet, mud minnows and spinner baits.
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 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 so as to avoid the strong northeasters, and enjoy some salt water fishing in the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida area!
Captain Bob’s Fishing Charters, Inc.