Hard to believe that it’s already November and the end of the calendar year is only weeks away. Tomorrow is Election Day and that typically means the fall bait run is nearly over. It’s been rather cool lately and the water temperatures dropped to a low of 59 degrees last week. They are now remaining constant at 65-70 degrees and that’s a range that usually equals a fantastic bite...which is exactly what it has been. Crystal clear water clarity and higher water tables are providing excellent sight fishing conditions. Lots of Redfish, and Speckled Trout, as well as increasing numbers of Flounder are being caught daily using lures, fly and live bait. We’ve been catching numerous fish primarily fishing the New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater area and all of the Mosquito Lagoon. Check out my new fishing rig I’m now running charters out of on a daily basis....BT Vengeance
If you like fishing for big trophy sized Speckled Trout, now is one of the prized months of the year. Colder water conditions thin out baitfish and push monster trout up into the shallows to find food and lay up to warm themselves. The Mosquito Lagoon and North Indian River Lagoon will have the best action. I’ve seen several trout over the 10lb mark lately, and dozens of others in the 26-30” range (5-9lb). We’re sight casting most of the time with artificials and fly, but in low light hours we’re whacking them on live mullet. We’ve had no problems catching trout up to 5lbs, with some being caught up to 7lbs within the past week. The colder it gets the more finnicky they will respond to lures as ultra clear water tends to rein in their aggressiveness, but it will bring the big ones into the shallows in good numbers and they will still there all day.
Redfish are taking advantage of all the high water levels and are working the flooded marshes, shorelines, oyster mounds and big grass flats. Lately with the colder water they have been laid up in the shallows around potholes and sand sloughs in super numbers. Catching has been ridiculously easy on lures, fly or live bait and with the crystal clear water, sight fishing has been phenomenal. Again, we’ve been doing a lot of sight casting with a variety of lures, but whacking them with live mullet and shrimp too. Catching 20-30 redfish per day has been expected lately as opposed to wishing. We were also catching great numbers of GIANT bull redfish up until this last front, haven’t checked to see if any are still hanging around. We were getting at least a few each day over 20lbs, with a big redfish of 45+lbs 10 days ago. The great thing about this region is the redfish action never slows, it’s great 12 months out of the year. In fact, it’s only going to get better from now through the winter as water levels drop, condensing fish into massive schools.
The Flounder action is really heating up as many of these fish begin to migrate into our backwaters. They have been shadowing the scores of mullet moving through the creeks and channels. We’ll be catching them on live bait and soft plastics rigged on jigheads. Some of the biggest flounder of the year will be caught from now through the end of November. Good numbers of Bluefish and Jack Crevalle are in the ICW around New Smyrna Beach. Docks, shorelines, and seawalls fished with live bait and/or jigs and plugs have caught numerous blues and jacks. Some small schools of Black Drum are popping up on shallow mud flats. They will be routinely caught from now through April.
This November is going to go down as one of the best ever witht he current conditions and expectations that it stays as consistent as forecasted. Don’t miss out on this transition month of fishing. Plenty of good dates open the rest of this month and December. As always short notice trips are available if I have the date open. Call or email to secure a reservation. Read my fishing charter page to view the top reasons why you should book your trip with me today. Read my fishing report archive to review write-ups from the past several years. I look forward to fishing with you soon…386-212-4931.