The calendar says it’s mid-November, but the warm, beautiful days and light east winds are far more indicative of late September. The bays have begun to thin out, as hunters have traded their rods for rifles or decoys. The bait stands are teeming with live shrimp, who’s migration to the gulf has been hampered by warm water and a shortage of serious cold fronts. Even menhaden, ladyfish, and gafftop are still in the bays in numbers, whereas on a normal year they have headed for deep water by mid-October. We simultaneously track cold fronts in the plains and hurricanes in the Caribbean. It has been a strange fall, to add to a strange year, to say the least. Fishing, however, has been no mystery. Live shrimp under popping corks On shell reefs have been the ticket from San Antonio to Copano bays. Great action on trout and drum on the pretty days with light winds and green water, and drum and reds on the windy days with chop and brown water have been the norm. An unusually high number of pompano have been hitting the cleaning table over the last few weeks as well. Lots of action for sure. Lure fishing is taking off as well, and will be at its peak for the next three months. Wading during the winter months is consistent and productive as the natural forage of the trout and redfish is not as readily available.
November is sold out, but I still have a few days in December and plenty of space in January to do some serious fishing. Give me a call and get on the books for some great winter action. Don’t forget about gift certificates for the fishing fanatic in your family. They look great under the tree and can be used any time in 2021. Get yours before Christmas.