Saltwater Fishing Trends - November 2019

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North Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that with a very, very warm October that has seen water temperatures still in the mid-70s at the end of the month, the best of the wide-open fishing that usually takes place in October should continue well into November. While flounder are getting spotty, trout, redfish, and black drum should all be gorging on bait before it gets harder to locate later in the season. Different species should all be found in the same areas, with oyster beds and drops inside the creeks producing and the jetty rocks also very productive. Until water temperatures drop live mullet and shrimp should continue to be abundant, but as it get colder anglers will be switching over to Gulp! baits. Cut shrimp will also work for black drum and redfish.

Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that water temperatures are starting out so warm in November that even a few cold fronts should not drop the ocean temperature too much. King mackerel, blues and Spanish should be around until water temperatures drop below the mid-60s, and the best fall bite for shrimp-eaters like whiting, croaker and spots should take place this month. Some big red drum should continue to be caught off the pier.

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Southern Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain J. Baisch of Baisch Boys Bait and Tackle (843-651-1915) reports that this November may look a lot like October usually does. Usually by the beginning of the month the pinfish are gone, but with water temperatures starting out the month around the mid-70s various bait stealers are all still here. Trout fishing should be very good all month and as water temperatures finally drop floating live shrimp should become more effective. Slot-length redfish will eat mullet, mud minnows, shrimp, and artificial lures. The bull drum should stay off the beaches well into the month, and around low tide black drum catches should be strong inshore. The flounder bite has been below-average this fall, and as fish start to migrate away this month catches should really drop off.

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Inshore: Redfin Charters (843-277-5255) and Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) report that warmer than usual weather conditions mean that most of November should fish like October typically does, and the excellent bite for inshore species such as trout and redfish should last at least through the end of the month. Catching fish in the creeks is as simple as fishing live shrimp under a popping cork around oysters, drops and grass lines. As we approach December redfish should start to group up in tighter schools, and they can get a little more finicky. Trout are unlikely to slow down until it gets very cool.

Surf and pier: Folly Beach Pier (843-762-9516) reports that as long as temperatures stay mild red drum and trout should be caught all month long. As temperatures drop and conditions clear the sheepshead bite should get better and better.

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Edisto Island

Inshore: Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that November is known as DOA month around Edisto, because this month shrimp will become scarce but trout, redfish and more will be hungry and looking to feed on whatever they can find – including artificial lures! Early in the month trout will be scattered out on the main rivers, and as temperatures drop they will get into tighter schools. Even though temperatures are starting the month in the mid-70s, with a series of cold fronts, shorter periods of daylight, and longer nights, they can drop rapidly and as they approach the 60-egree mark more trout will start to get into the creeks. With each 2 or 3 degree drop all of the inshore species will feed better as winter approaches, and the sheepshead and black drum bites should get better and better. Migratory species like flounder will stay until temperatures drop below about 65 degrees.

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Inshore: Captain Tuck Scott with Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that in November fish will eat more and more aggressively, in large part to store up reserves since they are about to lose their bait supply. Shrimp and baitfish will become more and more scarce, while crabs will eventually go into hibernation. For the first part of the month there should continue to be good tailing activity for redfish, and on low tide expect to see fish chasing shrimp on the flats. The trout bite will get better and better this month, and fish will be caught around the mouths of creeks in moving water. Shrimp under a popping cork should be hard to beat.

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Hilton Head

Inshore: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) and Captain Kai Williams (843-816-7475) report that with a very warm October, the outstanding fishing that typifies the fall should certainly continue into November. This November may look a lot like October typically does. As temperatures drop redfish should move out of summer patterns and start to feed better along grass edges. Oyster bars should remain excellent places to look, and as fish start to move into tighter schools there will be better concentrations of fish but also more areas where fish are not. When temperatures finally drop trout should be caught on mud minnows fished under a popping cork in shallow water in areas with moving current. Bull red drum are running a little behind because of warm water temperatures, and so in November they should continue to be found on nearshore hard bottom around Hilton Head where they will eat mullet and menhaden.

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