Inshore fishing is great in Northwest Florida and the Redfish bite is hot this November! You can sight cast big Reds in the Destin Harbor, around Marler Bridge and the ridge at Crab Island and of course they’re definitely up the Bayous and North Choctawhatchee Bay. Redfish are pretty much all over and they’re chewing and preparing to school and move on for the winter.
Pelican Adventures on the Destin Harbor offers private inshore fishing trips all year, starting at just $500 for 4 hours and up to 4 people. Inshore charters include fishing license, fishing rod and reel, live bait and the Captain will clean your catch to take home for dinner! Pelican Adventures uses live bait for Bay fishing and has had the most success with the Redfish using Shrimp and Bull Minnows.
The cooler water has pushed the Redfish off the shallow flats into deeper waters. When you locate the bigger schools of reds, be sure not to cast into the middle of them and splash scaring them, or throwing behind them and hitting the tail or fins of the fish with your line and scaring them. When they are schooled up for spawn, Redfish can be nervous, and everything spooks them.
Cast around the perimeter and work the bait normally. Just remember, the colder the water the more lethargic they are. When you hook one, try to lead it away from the school, as the fish running into or through the school hooked will cause the rest of the school to spook.