Coming into November our Hunters Moon runs later then our friends to the north because we are still in summer. Crazy catches have been coming to the dock like barracudas on the Big Bend waters. I’ve seen them here and there on occasion but not multiple anglers catching them on the same weekend. Grouper hunters have done well from the shallow rocks all the way out to 30 feet. With the warm conditions fish for gags like it was September, use live baits.  Fresh shrimp will catch mangrove snapper, spanish mackerel, sea bass and grunts.  Inshore trout, reds and snook are king. Popping Corks with a soft plastic on moving water are best for trout, redfish look for incoming tide and dimples of mullet around western points and snook try fishing near passes and river mouths on deep drops around rocky points.  November is a great time for shorelunch. Cooking your catch on an island is a good way to enjoy a few fish that you caught. An easy spot would be at Shell Island in Crystal River. Many more are around the Big Bend if you do some research. I always remember doing shorelunch at Shell Island with Bob Chappall and Roger Bachelor who set up big party’s out of Crystal River. Capt. Crab and Capt. Don Watkins would do the cooking and I would clean fish because you have to learn from the best to be almost as good! Incoming high tide will be late evening or early morning this weekend. W

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