November 9th 2018 – I was just looking over the weather across the country and was reminded as to how lucky I am to live and work in the Florida Keys. My friends that work at Mercury Marine in Fod Du Lac Wisconsin showed photos on their FaceBook this morning of a fresh snow fall. Old man winter has yet to show up here in the Florida Keys. This week is as mild as I have ever seen from a November keeping the Florida Keys fishing really good.
Up and down the Florida Keys the deep sea fishing in November has been hit or miss on species like dolphin, wahoo or sailfish.. However.. The tuna bite has been solid with nice catches of blackfin tunas reported every day.
With the warmer conditions the backcountry fishing will be slow to come around to our incredible winter fishery, however our summer species are still here and chewing with some tarpon fishing in Key West, Trout and mackerel in the upper Keys as well as jacks everywhere hammering the loads of bait we have in and amongst the islands. We are expecting a cold front next week that will kick start this transitional process bringing in a whole new cast of characters.
A mild November like this is a flats fisherman’s dream, we still have bonefish and permit on the flats taking advantage of the late season warmer waters. These mild temps are pretty amazing providing us an extension of summer.
This may be the most exciting part about November fishing. The reef fishing is already great and the cooler temps that will be ushered in by next weeks cold front will only make it better. I would personally avoid the 14th and 15th on this month as days to get out to the reef due to high winds and cranky sea conditions.
November is traditionally a slow month for the fishing guides of the Florida Keys. Last minute plans will pay off to get you the best day (weather wise) on the water. Don’t be afraid to wait to see what the weather does to book if you are looking to get out in November. If you are looking for Thanksgiving week that might be a little busier.
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