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Key West Pro Guides - Flats/Back Country Report - November 2019
By: Capt. Paul Tryon

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November Flats-Back Country Fishing Report—For today's action call 866 259 4205

November will arrive here with cooler temperatures in the shallows. Fantastic action for Key West angling continues through the fall time frame.

Flats fishing in Key West during November is sometimes challenging but then when is it not right? The light tackle and/or fly fisher will still have productive days in the skinny water albeit not an exceptionally great time of year to fish the flats. The primary species we now target on the flats are Bonefish, with the possibility of Permit. The Barracuda and of course sharks remain in numbers on the flats for those who consider them to be worthy targets. With November comes a slight slowing in the action from earlier in the year. In fairness flats anglers understand the flats are never really about big numbers but rather the working in concert with their guide to pursue our most elusive sport fish species. When things do come together the culmination of sight casting to fast, hard fighting fish with tremendous tenacity on the lightest of equipment is what the sport is all about. This is the true flats experience. This is where the statement "half hunting and half fishing" arrives from. The quality of individual fish can be awesome so think quality over quantity when booking your flats charter for November.

For November: Excellent-Good-Fair to Poor






Back country fishing in November is excellent and our number one recommendation for the shallow water angler relying on spin gear! This is easily our recommendation for the angler looking to fish shallow, calm waters. November brings a number of prized sport fish to the back country. The back country angler in November has a menu as long as your arm of species to target.

All of our resident year round species are in numbers but now we begin to enjoy better Redfish action. Unfortunately the Snook action will slow however, the Speckled Sea Trout are arriving ready to provide some of the fastest paced action imaginable. Bonefish will be congregation in the back country and can be included on the menu but in fairness if you are interested in Bonefish choose the flats trip. Permit will be found cruise the channel edges and flats drop-off contour changes in small wolf packs of two to four fish. Cobia as well are present most days and the shallow wrecks found in the back country can be a giant fish magnet holding both species. Schools of big Jacks, Mangrove, the occasional Mutton and Yellow Tail Snapper along with Grouper remain active. The occasional school of Mackerel is found in the back country. The predator fishing remains very good with larger Barracuda and several species of sharks patrolling the back country waters. As you can clearly see if you are a shallow water angler or if a fast paced action trip with a wide variety of species possible is your choice...November is an exceptional time to fish our back country's amazingly beautiful waters.

For November: Excellent-Good-Fair to Poor


Snook-Fair to Poor

Trout-Fair to Good










Shark-Good Let's go Fishing! Call Key West Pro Guides today to book your charter 866 259 4205 daily 8 AM to 9 PM. We look forward to your call!

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