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The Bite in the Bay November 2011

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On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 4:30PM | By: Captain Woody Gore

Cooler weather is coming… September’s gone and fall is here. We should start to get some relief from the summer’s heat and see water temperatures begin falling. Fishing charters this time of year offers plenty of actions on all your favorite species. However, if you’re looking for a good fish dinner, we have plenty of editable fish to choose from

Redfish - It’s that time of year for the Tampa Bay Redfish. We will see some pre-spawn schools feeding to prepare for the spawn. Spawning season usually runs in the Tampa Bay area from August through November with this month being the peak of the season. It’s not likely that the past winter freeze will have an effect on the timing, but keep that in mind when you check your favorite spot that held fish last year and not this year. They might be late, so keep checking; they’ll most likely show up in a couple weeks. Live sardines always work but don’t forget cut bait. A cut threadfin, sardine, pinfish or ladyfish is hard for a Redfish to turn down. If all else fails, there’s always shrimp; everything eats shrimp

Trout - Fishing for trout has been one of the best years I have seen in a long time. Last month was another good month, and I am looking forward to it continuing through the rest of the year. With water temperatures hovering around 90, continue to fish any grass flat in the 2ft-5ft range with good tidal movement and a good source of bait. As temperatures fall, move to some of the shallow flats with good potholes and depth changes. Trout aren’t picky eaters. They will take almost anything. Sardines work, but remember Trout love shrimp. And they’re fun to catch on artificial lures like jerk baits or gulp shrimp.

Snook - Snook season is set to open September 1st on the Atlantic Coastal waters; however, the current harvest prohibition of snook in all of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park and Monroe County state and federal waters will remain in effect until August 31, 2012 to allow the snook population additional time to rebound and provide time to complete a full stock assessment. Catch-and-release of Gulf Coast Snook is still permitted at this time and the bites been good. Incoming or outgoing tides, and whitebait or artificial lures will do the trick.

Best of the Rest - The Mackerel bite has been respectable all summer. And recently the big blue fish bites been excellent. Great to catch, blues have a strong fish taste bit are quite tasty when fried. The bite has tapered off a little last month but should pick back up as water temperatures cool. Any of our region’s ship channels and range makers will hold fish. The Snapper bite is looking good for the rest of the year.

"Give Me a Call and Let’s Go Fishing" If you’re interested in catching fish or learning to fish… Captain Woody’s your choice; for over 50 years he’s been guiding and fishing in Florida waters and providing single boat charters for up to 4 anglers or multiple boats for large groups or corporate events. And the results are always the same "Memorable Fishing Adventures with the Tampa Bay Area Top Guide". For more information or to book a trip, call my cell at: 813-477-3814, send an Email to or visit his website at:



Stephy21 | 11:19AM (Tue, Nov 1, 2011)

I love fishing and its great to have a site that writes articles on what fishing season is coming up and they are actually interesting. And they give real facts. I like this article cause i really like to go deep sea fishing and pier fishing in the winter its not to hot and the weather is just write!!!!

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