Exciting Fall Surf Fishing

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Exciting Fall Surf Fishing


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      November 4, 2023 at 5:37 pm

      This year, we’ve been lucky to dodge the worst of the tropical storms, but our hearts go out to those folks dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes, and rough weather this season. Some of our beaches are still recovering from Ian and Nicole’s visit around this time last year.

      As the air and water start to cool down, it’s time for some exciting fall surf fishing. The fall mullet run has been happening for a while, and even though we’ve had our share of challenges like strong winds and pesky seaweed, the fishing is getting better.

      If you’re planning a visit this fall, why not consider hiring me for a fun day of beach fishing during your vacation? And for our local folks wanting to pick up surf fishing, I can help you get started or boost your skills if you’re already familiar with the basics.

      Now, let’s dive into some practical tips for November surf fishing in Northeast Florida.


      Shrimp is always a trusty choice for any surf-fishing trip. If you’re in a rush or the tackle shop is closed, salted shrimp and Fishbites can be lifesavers. And if you can’t get your hands on salted or frozen bait, don’t worry; you can still have a successful outing with Fishbites alone.

      Now, as for those sand fleas, they’ve been a bit hit-or-miss lately. Some days, you might strike gold and find plenty, while on others, you could be raking and raking with little luck. To be safe, bring along a rake, just in case.

      Mullet are still around, but the rough surf and strong currents have made casting a net quite a challenge.

      Weather and Water Temperatures

      Currently, the water temperatures are hovering between 73-76 degrees from Jacksonville down to Ormond Beach. These temperatures are getting close to being perfect for a variety of fish, including redfish, pompano, and seatrout.

      Our weather has cooled down a bit, and you might even need a jacket on occasion (a rare occurrence in Florida). This means you can spend more time on the beach without battling the usual crowds. Just remember to stay hydrated. Checking lines and reeling in fish can be so absorbing that you might forget to take care of yourself. And while we’re not out of the woods when it comes to tropical storms – Nicole paid us a visit in November last year – we’re more likely to encounter thunderstorms. Keep an eye on the radar and be on the lookout for pop-up storms to stay safe.

      November Strategy

      November offers fantastic opportunities for surf fishing, but it’s a good idea to do a little homework first. If possible, scope out your fishing spot at low tide the day before your outing. Look for runouts, and when you hit the beach, set up your lines on either side of these runouts, or about 15-20 yards away if you spot darker, deeper water indicating a potential fish hotspot.

      Keep your lines staggered and ensure one is close, especially if you’re fishing on a high-traffic beach. Fish tend to move in close looking for sand fleas, mullet, and other bait. Consider casting a line just before the sandbar or on top of it if you can reach it. Keep a casting rod ready for metal spoons or lures if you see fish activity on the surface. Remember to reel in fast if you think they might be Spanish Mackerels or slow it down a bit for bluefish. For flounder in the trough, try a ¼ oz jighead with a paddletail and bounce it around. Although you can’t keep flounder until December 1st, it’s a great opportunity to practice.

      But most importantly, have fun! This is a wonderful time to get the family together and introduce folks of all ages to the joys of surf fishing and the beach. Tight lines!

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