SABINE — The lake and the jetties will be the places where anglers fill their need to catch fish in November. Flounder and redfish should be laying along the jetty rocks in the deeper water to escape the cooler winter temperatures. Live bait is of course your best bet, but if you can’t get live then go with the trusty shrimptail jig. Work the tail as close to the rocks as possible and take along plenty of tails, cause I never new a successful jetty fishermen who didn’t loose a few to the hungry rocks. In the lake use live shrimp and tails for some excellent speckled trout action. Remember to work your lures slower than usual since the cooler water temperatures will have slowed the fish. Plan your trip so that your fishing before the next cold front. The fish know the weather is about to change and they will be feeding in preparation. If you wait until the front passes, wait at least a full day or two so that the water has a chance to warm a bit and the fish become a little more active. GALVESTON — Look for speckled trout action to be concentrated around the jetties and deeper mid-bay reefs. The baits of choice for these areas is live shrimp (when you can find it) or plastic shrimptails. The warm spells, a few days after a front passes, are your best bet for trophy trout hunting. A large topwater plug, either a “Walk-the-Dog” or broken-back type such as Phred’s Phydeaux or a Cordell Redfin, creates the illusion of an injured baitfish so well that hungry trout just can’t resist them. Also, between fronts is about the only time for offshore fishermen to head for the rigs. Red snapper should be stacked-up around the nearshore rigs and wrecks. Frozen icefish or White jigs tipped with a glow trailer and glow jigs with no trailer will keep you busy counting fish in the box. FREEPORT — Christmas Bay is the place to be in November. Look for schools of redfish cruising the south shoreline. This is the best time of year for fly fishermen to make a trip to the bay. The cooler water temperature combined with the grass covered bottom help to make the water crystal clear. Christmas Bay should still be holding a few flounder for fishermen using live mud minnows and 1/8 ounce jig heads rigged with plastic shadtails. Look for speckled trout to be holding in the deeper waters of the Cold Pass and San Luis Pass channels and the Surf Side Jetties. Freelining a live shrimp or working the bottom with shadtails are your best bets here. A final note on Christmas Bay. With waterfowl season still in full swing, don’t be surprised if, upon arrival some morning, you find duck or goose hunters working the south shoreline around the three blinds. If they were there first, give’em a little room and they’ll be gone before you know it. MATAGORDA –If there have been enough cold fronts to lower the water temperature, look for redfish and trout action to be in the Colorado River. This area can become quite crowded so please try to remember the rules of drift fishing courtesy. Live finger mullet and plastic shrimptails are proven baits for the river during the winter months. As with most of the shallow bays along the coast, look for some excellent action between fronts in East and West Matagorda Bays. Waders should string a few fish on topwaters, spoons, and shrimptails. ROCKPORT –As the shallow waters of the bays continue to cool, redfish will be heading to the deeper channels for cover. Just before a front moves through, grab some live bait (piggy perch, small croaker, or shrimp) and head to the deepest water available. If you can’t find live bait (it does get hard to find this time of year) try working a shrimp or shadtail along the edges of the pot-holes where these batlers will be hiding in wait for an easy meal. PORT ARANSAS –Keep an eye on the weather and hustle to the jetties just before a major front moves through the area. Along the rocks you should be able to fill your need for catching fish with the reds that will be running along the rocks feeding on baitfish and shrimp in preparation for the coming winter. Rig a clear casting bubble with 9 or 10 feet of line below, and a live perch or shrimp for bait. Nearshore structure such as wrecks and rocks should be holding some excellent red snapper for those of you who just have to get offshore. Between the fronts offshore waters will be calm enough to get out and the action can be great.
– Texas Saltwater Fishing Guide