November is here and the fish are happy.
November is a time of change here in the Florida Keys, winds shift to the North Northeast and this cooler breeze starts to drop water temps into the mid-70’s and pushes a good mix of baits and fish into the area. The Gulf of Mexico that borders the Everglades National Park is a shallow mix of sand holes, rock piles, small wrecks and grassy environments. Fall fishing and the great mix of fish combined with cooler breezes make for wonderful days! A typical full day trip can be a mix of fishing, often we will start our day in the near Gulf looking for Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Tripletail and Snappers to show up hungry in our chum slick in 8-10 feet of water. This activity and feeding action will draw in Sharks of all types and we are never surprised when 8 foot juvenile Tiger sharks appear right behind the boat, Spinner and Blacktip sharks are here in good numbers and average 100 pounds. These sharks put up a spirited fight on 20 pound spin or conventional tackle and are always a crowd pleaser. All sharks are released after the fight here at Bamboo Charters. Spanish Macks will swarm our chum slick and eat a wide variety of baits, lures and flies. We use 7 ft spin tackle in the 8-10 pound class and the fish will reach 5-8 pounds in weight, they are very good table fare and we will clean and filet them along with any other edible fish you catch during you day with us here at Bamboo Charters. We will even suggest several local restaurants that will prepare them for you and even make reservations for you if you like.
After you’ve had you fill of the fast action with the Mackerel, snapper and sharks we will move into the heart of the Everglades National Park waters of Florida Bay and look for Snook, Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout along the many mangrove shorelines and channels that are close by. We use the same spinning outfits as we do in the Gulf and the learning curve is easy, as a matter of fact this type of fishing is very similar to the bass fishing that you’d do back home. We will throw plastics and live baits and the fishing is fun.
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