by Capt Mullet
Fishing has definitely been good. The birds are working and the fish are hungry. But I still think our best fishing is just around the corner with the arrival of a hard blowing front. Our water levels have been high and none of the cold fronts coming thru have done much to lower the water levels. So what we really need is a hard blowing Northwest wind for an extended period of time to really lower the water levels and flush the marshes out. When that happens it should go from good fishing to incredible fishing.
I think the next cold front that pushes out a few feet of water will really get the flounder moving and staging in there typical haunts. Thus sparking a really good flounder bite. I haven't done any flounder fishing just yet but it looks like we will have an extended flounder season this year with the arrival of a later run because of the lack of a good lowering of the water levels to get them going. The peak of flounder season is typically from the the 10th of November till the 5th of December. I am predicting this will be delayed by a week or more.
The birds are working in several locations around our bay system. As usual smaller than normal fish are found under these birds but the action is still hard to pass up. Look for hard outgoing tides and days after fronts to be the best conditions for finding fish under the birds. Do not waste your time or money using live shrimp when bird fishing. Just throw on any durable plastic and a jighead and get after it. Even the worst fishermen can catch them with this rig on a straight retrieve. Trying to get your bait down below to the bottom is your best bet for catching keepers so a heavier jighead like a 3/8 OZ is what I use. Color does not matter but durability of your plastic does. Using softer plastics like bass assasins or Big Nasty's voodoo shad is a waste of good baits. Save them for wadefishing or fishing for bigger fish. What you need is a durable bait like a Norton Sand Eel jr., TTF trout killer or TTF Hackberry Hustler for best results.
A lot of anglers are headed to the deer lease in November and are missing the best month of the year. Make sure and take advantage of this and get out there as much as you can this month because it doesn't get any better than November fishing!!!
Take a kid fishing!!