November is a Great Time to Fish
By Jonie Maschek
Children start looking forward to Christmas in December but anglers love to see
November arrive as there are fish of every specie in the local waterways.
This is the month kingfish start running. With the cooler air, anglers should
have a phenomenal season catching kingfish. Often anglers smoke kingfish but one
angler told me that you need one over 25 to 40 pounds for a good smoker.
Grouper move out of the deep in closer to shore.
Cobia are making their winter run. They are staying near the warm waters around
TECO. I have had them around me all the time because of the warm weather. They
are fun to catch.
Redfish migrate into huge herds making a cooper glow in the water as they amble
along searching for food.
Trout have flooded the flats and weave in-and-out of the seagrass.
Look for snook now because they will soon be searching for a winter hideout in a
deep hole or up some back water canal. Snook season ends Dec. 15.
Florida’s winters are not like the ones in other states but when our temperature
drops below the 70s the fish begin to move. In this cooker weather they come
alive and search for food.
Bait that wouldn’t work this summer will work now. Try spoons, lures and all the
artificial baits. The fish are hungry.
Live shrimp is usually a sure thing to use if going after grouper. You can use
frozen bait too. Fish have been know to love frozen sardines.
Live worms are always better for bass fishing but many use rubber worms and land
one on each cast.
I see some brackish water around the mouth of the Little Manatee River. This
water is warm because of a tannic acid content and a larger amounts of organic
matter and is a haven for fish migrating to warmer waters.
If you don’t have a large boat, it might be best to try the rivers instead of
Blue crabs are available this time of the year. I have stuffed tomatoes with
blue crab topped with herb dressing along with smoked mullet. I was at a
birthday party for angler Mike Abbey where the food was all from the sea except
for his cake.
Did you know that records of sardine fishing date back to 495 A.D. I couldn’t
find the exact time that sardine fishing started in America, but I do know that
it was a stable diet of the Indians when the early colonists arrived. The state
of Maine fills 200 million cans of sardines annually. The first plant started in
Maine in 1871. Today, they supply more than 50 percent of the sardines consumed
in the United States. This is a little fish with a big flavor an excellent
source of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. I have
always found that anglers should have at least one can aboard when they go
fishing. If you run out of bait or get hungry, you can eat them.
This week one angler complained about all the new construction and houses coming
into the Ruskin area. I wondered what this had to do with fishing when he said,
“All them people have found out that we have the best fishing spot in the world.
We are going to be overcrowded and there won’t be a spot left around here to
fish in peach and quite.”
Where ever you fish, be it Simmons Park, Manatee or Alafia rivers or Tampa Bay,
you will make a catch.
Don’t fish alone and don’t catch more than you can use. Wear your life jacket
and watch out for one another.
Observer News Front