November is a great month for Redfish and Sea Trout. The water temperature has dropped to 65-70 degrees and depending where you fish, water temps could be warmer or cooler. When this takes place our fishing can really turn on with lots of rod bending action! We use artificial bait this time of year as much as we do live bait. Depending on how you want to target your fish, Trout will be out off of oyster points and oyster beds on falling tides. If you choose to fish the higher tides for Trout I would recommend fishing right up close to the grasses edge off of a creek mouth, any points, big oysters bars, and areas with good current flow. The cleaner the water is the better it is for Sea Trout. There are many different types of artificial baits to use when fishing for Trout. A few I use are a weed less swim bait, jig head with a Exude grub tail, DOA Shrimp, Mirro- Lure (floating or suspending), and jerk baits.
Reds can be fished a couple of ways this time of year. As we get closer into the winter pattern, Reds will be on the mud flats in good numbers as the water temp drops. When this occurs, it is a great opportunity to hook one of these Reds and could be a fish of a life time... The approach is much different when targeting Reds on mud flats. We pole our skiff in very shallow water to sight fish these Reds. Also, this is a good time to fish the oyster bars and white shell banks or bars for the puppy drum...just smaller Red Fish. When doing so we use adjustable popping cork rigged with live shrimp and this can be lots of fun with good numbers inside the slot. The bigger Reds will roam on mudflats searching for any crustaceans in its path. These Reds that live on the mudflats will usually stay in the shallow water most of the time to stay with the food and to keep away from danger. Most of the Reds found on the mudflats in the area average 7 lbs. and some can reach up to 15 lbs. These over slot fish need to be handled with care! When fishing in the shallow water for Reds we use a swim baits rigged weed less and retrieving the bait real slow. When sight fishing we want to be stealthy and pick your target when you make the cast.
Captain Griffin Wood