With the days becoming shorter as we move through fall the water temperatures have dropped into the high 70s and low 80s. November is a time for big bonefish and even bigger Permit. The weather gods smiled on us and we have avoided being hit by a hurricane this year.
I have been fishing primarily between Big Pine Key and Key West. There is some good fishing for Permit and large Bones through the next couple of Months. In addition there are still a few more weeks of Tarpon fishing to be had. We have a large bait migration this time of year and the Tarpon are taking advantage of it. As the temperatures continue to cool off the Tarpon will move out and we will start to see large schools of Mackerel showing up in the Bay through February. Along with the Mackerel the Pompano will show up in January and provide plenty of shallow water action for fly fishermen as well as spin fishermen. January and February we will also be patrolling the edges of the Flats looking for Stingrays with Cobia on their backs. I am also excited about a couple of trips we will be taking up to the Everglades to fish for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, and Triple tails. We stay on a sixty-five foot Mother ship that provides us with all of the comforts of home along with some gourmet food.
While my primary targets are Bonefish, Tarpon , and Permit the cooler temperatures of Winter bring with them new opportunities for different species each one with theirs own special challenges.