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Clearwater And St Joseph Sound
12/12/09 2:04 AM
Capt Gary Burch
November started out more of the same as October ended. Water and weather temperatures where somewhat normal for this time of year. Water temps were in the 70's and mid to upper 70's for weather conditions.

Four trips the first two weeks, had me fishing all over the bay. Just as we caught tailing Redfish one day, two days later, they're gone. Next we found 20 inch Trout and Bluefish in the same area. This is normal fishing for our winter cold fronts. Fish are constantly on the move. As weather conditions stabilize, the fish will hold in the same area.

Then we crossed St Joseph Sound and found a few small Redfish under the docks on the east side. The Redfish didn't come easy as they were scattered under a very few docks.

Back across Clearwater bay, we located some more nice Trout and Bluefish. It seemed that Trout were everywhere. We spotted several Snook laying on the side of a shallow water flat and had a couple of good cast at them. One Snook turned on our White Bait but didn't look very aggressive. They soon left the area and so did we.

There are still some Snook holding on the flats where bait is plentiful. After a few more cold fronts and lower water temps, they should move on to their winter haunts. Looking for Snook will send us back into the canals, rivers and back waters.

Bob joined the Salt Aire and caught a dozen Trout, five Bluefish, lots of ladyfish and a small Snook on Friday the 13th. He thought it was going to be a challenging day, but came through with some nice catches.

Fished several days the last two weeks of the month. Spent some of that time watching football and eating turkey. Too much I might add. Now water temps have dropped below 67 and weather conditions near normal.

Monday before Thanksgiving, was an all artificle day. Caught numerous Trout, two small Reds and a very small Snook. That was the smallest slam ever at just 44 inches. The Trout was the biggest at 21 inches.

Fishing was great in November as long as you could dodge the cold fronts. When the weather calms down and the water clears up, that's the time to go catch'em.

Capt. Gary Burch
727 458-6335


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