by Capt. Craig Lambert
November is an epic month for fishing and outdoors here in Southeast Texas. I look forward to November every year like it is Christmas. The trout and redfish practically jump in the boat and that flounder thump calls to me on every free day that I have available. The only problem with November is that it only lasts 30 days.
Most major bay systems in the Galv-Bay complex have an excellent bite going on. Lots of sandtrout can be found on the wells in Trinity and on the reefs in East Bay. The shorelines are covered up with speckled trout, flounder and reds and can be targeted in all different angling techniques from wadefishing to kayaking to trolling along in your bayboat. The birds can be found working regularly in Trinity Bay, East Bay and Tabbs Bay while the San Luis Pass and Chocolate Bayou area will also produce good bird activity at times.
The key to fishing in fall is the timing of fronts. That warm southerly flow of air definitely sparks the bite for most gamefish. The few days before a major cold front hits are prime for finding feeding fish. The outgoing tide is best for almost all situations this month. The few days after a front will defintely produce a slower bite.
The best live bait action for specks and reds have been a popping cork with live shrimp. The last week or 2 the fish have wanted it deep so try anywhere from a 3-4 ft leader or longer with a small weight near your hook. In the birds, a 3/8 oz jighead with a glo shrimp imitation is perfect. I recommend something like a Norton sand eel jr, TTF or some type of shrimp tail. Choosing a plastic that is a little harder will allow you to keep fishing the birds without having to change and waste baits constantly. When chasing fish on shorelines I would stick with a 1/8 to 1/4 oz jig with a darker bait and a soft plastic such as a Big Nasty or Bass Assassin. The flounder bite is a no-brainer. Glo 3" gulp shrimps on a 1/4 or 3/8 oz jighead.
If you don't have access to a boat and like to wade there are plenty of opportunities available. The hottest walk-in wadefishing spot right now is Sea Wolf park for flounder. That should continue almost to Christmas. Other walk in wade areas would be Mosquito Island, San Luis Pass, McCollum Park, Anahuac Natl Wildlife Refuge & Kemah. Topwaters would be the best bet at daylight and then switching to a jig or suspending plug after an hour or so. A 1/16th or 1/8th oz jighead would be best depending on wind and current while using soft style plastic baits. The bigger trout are definitely showing up shallow already so now is the time to get out there and wet a line.
I personally do not spend much time at the jetties but I have heard the bite is very good right now. Redfish are thick at both the South and North jetties. Timing is the key with weather and tides being the 2 main factors. I always liked when the tide was switching over from low to high or high to low and of course a light breeze preferably Southeast.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and the great fishing November has to offer here on Galveston Bay.
Tight Lines everyone!