Fishing Report November 22, 2017

Northeast winds won’t affect fishing, but choose the right spot

The constant northeast winds blowing at 10-20 mph are excellent for someone who wants to fly a kite.

Unfortunately, this is an article about fishing, not kite flying.  But don’t be discouraged. Luckily, the winds are out of the northeast, which usually means most of the bays, Intracoastal Waterway and waters along the beaches can be fairly calm. In fact, the fishing is nothing short of excellent. You have some options, or let’s say variety, on what to target.

Fishing the flats with Just Reel fishing charters is producing some great snook action, as well as spotted seatrout and a few redfish. Flounder and pompano are being taken on the flats and in the local bays. If you’re on the hunt for larger fish, venture out along the beaches to find kingfish, cobia and shark. You may also encounter bonito, Spanish mackerel and triple tail on your search.

On my recent Southernaire excursions, I’ve been taking advantage of the vast quantities of snook that are settling onto the flats. These fish know that winter is just around the corner, which means they are very aggressive in eating just about every bait that passes in front of their noses. Most catches are falling between 20-26 inches, although keeper fish are being caught by some lucky anglers.

Also while on the flats, I’m seeing a variety of other species being reeled in by my clients, including spotted seatrout, flounder and pompano.