Fishing Report November 6, 2016

October bite shows up during first week of November


    The first week of November is showing potential for some great fishing in our local waters.

    To be honest, it seems to me that the typically long awaited October bite is finally happening, which is a welcome sight. Better late than never, I guess.

    During my fishing trips with Southernaire Fishing Charters, I’m experiencing rallies of schooley snook. These 18- to 26-inch fish are in abundance and on the feed. On a recent charter with Geno Lynn of Bradenton, we sat and caught over two dozen snook in an area no more than 100 yards long. And mixed in with the snook were plenty of rat reds as well a couple of slot-size reds. This type of bite is a sure-fire indicator that these fish are fattening up in preparation for the winter to come.

    Along the beaches, Spanish mackerel can be found in depths as shallow as ten feet and on out from there. Rock piles and artificial reefs are hot spots for these toothy predators, so you may want to start your search in these areas. You may encounter some kingfish as well as a stray cobia now and again. Also, blacktip and spinner sharks will be present in areas where large schools of macks exist.