November inshore/nearshore report Jacksonville area waters
<p>This is a very productive time of year for fishing in our part of the country. The water is cooling, which seems to stimulate feeding activity. Be ready to fish when the weather allows.Good catches of sheepshead are being reported by some of my friends. Fiddlers or crab knuckles are the best bait. The speckled trout bite is improving with keeper fish becoming more common. The tried and true sliding cork rig is most effective for these fish. Look for clear moving water.
The bull redfish activity has slowed down which indicates they are leaving the river after the fall spawn. They will spend the winter offshore patrolling our plentiful artificial reefs and live bottom.There are still slot and oversize reds feeding along the jetties. You can anchor and bottom fish, or use the trolling motor and cast jigs tipped with live bait to catch these fish.
The black tip and spinner sharks seem to have abandoned the shrimp boats. I do see one occasionally crashing the mullet schools leaving the river mixed in with the last of the tarpon.
There are flounder around if you are willing to work for them casting along docks, riprap, and other structure. Finger mullet, mud minnows, small pogies all work well on a fish finder rig or jig. Bluefish, ladyfish, and jacks are feeding on baby ribbonfish in the river. look for feeding birds. A long shiny lipped diving plug is very effective.
About The Author: Captain Bob Cosby
Company: Captain Bob\'s Fishing Charters, Inc.
Area Reporting: Mayport, Ponte Vedra, St Augustine and nearshore waters
Bio: Captain Bob Cosby is a retired USCGR Captain, and has had a 50-ton Master’s license since 1986. He is a Jacksonville native and has fished the local waters since he was a small child, fishing with his grandparents from bridges, piers and in the surf. Captain Bob has an easygoing personality, and won’t be yelling or getting angry with the customers. When Captain Bob is not fishing with customers, he often spends his free time – fishing! He enjoys fly fishing the spring creeks of Montana, and fly fishing for Atlantic salmon in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He has owned several offshore boats and has caught marlin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna and large sharks. However, he enjoys inshore fishing the local salt waters of Northeast Florida the most!