Nov 01 2011

November Fishing Report

Fishing in October was superb and anglers can expect November to be just as good if not better.  Cold nights serve as a reminder to fish that they had better eat now or it will be a long few months ahead. As usual, artificial lures become very effective for both redfish and trout. Take advantage of those sunny days and go catch a mess of fish!

Targeting the rapidly growing schools of redfish is a popular pursuit this time of year. We’re starting to find schools of fifty or more redfish.  Darker colored artificials remain the most productive patterns especially those with some sparkle. A significant majority of the time we are using flutter hooks that have a weight on the shank that makes the lures dart and dive. You’ll want to flick your rod tip to really make that lure dance. Scared bait fish rarely flee in a straight line!

It’s hard to think of a better way to catch a trout than with a live shrimp rigged on a popping cork. I’ll attach a two foot leader to the cork and a size 1 circle hook on the other end. Cast along grass banks, over oyster beds and at creek mouths and watch for that cork to dive under! It’s so hard to do but when that cork drops, reel the fish tight and let the circle hook do the work. Using a big hook set will sometimes rip the bait right out of the fish’s mouth.

Fly fishing has been better at low tide than at high tide. Even when we could find plenty of redfish up in the grass, they just didn’t seem to be that interested. On the other hand, you could watch pods of fish race each other to eat a fly on the flats. Not unlike artificials, flies in darker colors, especially black, proved to be the most effective. Remember when casting to a school of redfish, try to land your fly on the edges so as to not spook them.

See you on the water!

Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing fly fishing and light tackle charters. 

Bob Hart Author

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