Anglers fishing Texas bays literally need to be prepared for anything.
Story and Photography By Danno Wise
November is a transition month along Texas coast. In fact, its final transition of the calendar year for coastal fisheries as fall turns to winter. It is also one of the more drastic transitions of the year — a time of weather extremes and extreme fish movement.
Anglers fishing Texas bays during the eleventh month of the year literally need to be prepared for anything. Over the next few weeks, inshore anglers in the Lone Star State may be sight-casting on shallow flats, fishing deep holes after a hard front or fishing channel edges, grass breaks and drops as fish move to their winter homes.
When and where fish will be found is all dependent on the weather during November and can change at a moments notice. This makes it one of the year’s more challenging months in that anglers must be ready to adapt at any time.
The next to the last month of the year can also provide some unbelievable days on the water. Speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and snook (down south) will all be in play this month. And, there is a good chance every lure in the box will be thrown at some point during November as anglers adjust to the ever-changing conditions.
Topwaters, lightly weighted plastics, heavily weighted plastics, spoons, bottom rigs, popping corks – you name it, in November, it is all about being flexible and versatile in order to consistently catch fish as they transition between the seasons and adjust to the changing weather conditions. In short, fishermen need to be aware of the prevailing conditions and map out when, where and how they fished based on that day’s weather, knowing full well it can change at any moment.