by Capt Craig Lambert
Thankfully the few cold fronts that we experienced have brought in much improved fishing that should continue through December and on in to January. The fall fishing bite finally kicked in but it was a month later than usual. Look for much improved fishing this month especially if these cold fronts keep coming.CPR'ED THIS BIG SPECKLED TROUT!
The flounder bite has been good especially if you play the crowds. Stay away from Saturdays and holidays so that you can move around a little bit and not be pinned down to one spot. The best bite for me has been happening during the last few hours of the day. For most of the day I am using gulps but when that bite turns on I have been switching to anything that I need to get rid of in my tackle box. Typically I am using a 3/8 oz jighead because I am fishing areas that are 4 to 18 feet deep. I like walls and rip rap the best. Riprap (aka rock walls) however is where you lose tackle and sometimes a lot of it. But if the fish are biting then it is worth it for sure. If you are in to big flounder then this is the absolute best time to go hunt for trophy flounders. You can call me a flounder purist because I would rather catch a 6 pound flounder over a 6 pound speck every day of the week. Nothing in fishing gets me more excited that is for sure!NICE FLATTY!
The speckled trout fishing has greatly improved with the arrival of these latest fronts. Calm sunny days have been the kiss of death while windy overcast days have produced the best bite. Look for a late fall and for December to be good throughout the month. The artificial bite has been tough. If you aren't throwing live shrimp under a popping cork you are working extremely hard for your bites. Shallow muddy flats from 3 to 5 feet have been ideal for best results and like the flounder bite it is always best to play the crowds. Afternoons have been best for light crowds and that hardcore feeding frenzy that typically occurs about 4:45 every afternoon. If you are in the right spot it is crazy good!VERY SPECIAL DAY!!
The redfish bite has been inconsistent up on the north end of the bay where I have been doing most of my trips. One day they are there the next day they are gone. However West bay has been fairly consistent for redfish over shallow flats covered in shell and oyster. A few of the back lakes in West Bay are holding a fair amount of redfish. Greens Lake, Charanchua Lake and Jones Lake are best fished on windy days so that you can make long drifts and cover ground. Late afternoon incoming tides are ideal and keep close to the shallower shell reefs like those found near Meacoms cut and North Deer island. I have found that the last hour of sunlight down there in West Bay is when those redfish are just going off and hitting everything in sight. Exciting and incredibly beautiful afternoons are what we have been experiencing these past few weeks.THE 2ND REDFISH I HAVE EVER SEEN WITH NO SPOTS. PROUD MOM!
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