November 23rd 2018 Fishing Report
CONDITIONS:As we close in on the final chapter of 2018, you will some rapid changes in weather cycles. Forget the sudden violent showers; they will be replaced with cold fronts emanating from the Upper US. In those fronts will be lots of wind that will stop our fishing in it’s tracks; dirty water inside and raucous rough water offshore. So the encouragement for this week is to take advantage of the “nice days”. Can do that by being flexible in your activity scheduling……save some stuff to do at home or at the shopping malls for those BAD days. Unfortunately, we’ll see the first of those fronts this coming week. We’ll see a moderate front here late weekend that will do exactly as predicted. Chilly with rough and dirty water. The singular good that will come from that event is a decline in the water temperature thus moving us closer to those “sheepshead and black drum days”. The current water temp of 75 will probably tumble 3 or 4 degrees by week end. And to top that off we’ll be coming off a full moon on Saturday and face some racing incoming morning tides all week. Winter fishing is fun here but you gotta be careful in picking your days.
BACKWATER: If the forecasted conditions noted above pan out you will be working with some tough water clarity conditions starting early week. The areas that will carry the “sandy mud” will be those that have fast moving tidal water; the areas, least effected will be those that are distant from those tidal waters i.e. small bays / hidden creeks etc. There will be normal action prior to the arrival of the front and you will most likely see snapper….most undersized but some keepers; there are lots of small redfish (15-17”) along the mangrove edges that will jump on a shrimp bait moved slowly across the bottom. Try place like Addison Bay and the area know as Upper Addison when the tide is sufficient to allow transit. In the Passes (Capri, Hurricane, Caxambas) there has been fair to good action on Florida Pompano in the first and last hours of the tide (if water is clean). Work pomps with a tipped small white or pink/white jig worked just off the bottom.
NEARSHORE: Conditions permitting, good chance the pelagics (mackerel, bluefish and jacks) will be feeding in the fast water circa Capri Barges and along the First and Second Reefs. Look for schools of the bait on your finder before you decide to set up. Then start up current with a good block chum effort set on the surface……give it ten minutes or so before you get the tipped jigs being pulled back quickly through the descending slick. Chance you may run into a hungry blacktip shark being tempted by the chum that will come up off the bottom and either take your catch or, in reality, anything he wants. The southeast corner of the Five Mile Reef has been producing nice catches of both lane and mangrove snapper working weighted tipped jigs just a foot or two off the bottom under a generous chum effort. You can get surprised out here with some small red grouper that must be carefully released.
OFFSHORE: With west winds in the forecast early week……please be careful on your (questionable) trip offshore. First of all, if your searching for the annual red grouper harvest, the only reports that we have received indicate that you’ll need 80’ water depth to chance a run at take home grouper. 80’ means close to 40 miles offshore. Would recommend giving that passion a hold……as the air temperature drops we will see a correspondent drop in water temperature which will drive the red grouper closer inshore…….much more convenient to make a hour trip to a 60’ depth than a dangerous trip for an additional hour. But at those inside right now that are holding bait you can find good action on lane, mangrove and yellowtail snapper that can be worked with light tackle set up over a serious chum effort.