The cool front that is passing through brought welcomed relief to the heat and humidity we have been experiencing this fall. It appears that conditions will start settling and by Sunday we should see some good catches from around the jetties.
Most anglers were hoping that the lower temperatures brought in by the gusty north winds would trigger a spurt in flounder activity. Most likely we will see improvement in catches; however, the forecast is for temperatures to return to the 80s early next week.
For several years now we have seen warm weather extend well into the fall months and it has been mid-November before any significant flounder action has taken place.
If you check last year’s Reel Reports published in November, they showed an overall disappointing flounder run. In fact many of the flat fish never left the bays, as evidenced by continued catches throughout January and February.
Sonny Mills, who frequently fishes Rollover Pass and other spots on Bolivar Peninsula each November, said that the last two years have been disappointing as far as quality of flounder go. He went on to say that while it is easy to take a two fish limit during November, most of the fish he caught were just over the minimum size and were largely males.
Speaking of the flounder run and male flounder, Don Stone sent a note last week asking that we encourage anglers to release the smaller male flounder. Stone said that research has shown that it takes multiple males to fertilize the eggs from a single female and that there is a growing concern that there are not enough male flounder to adequately cover a spawning female.
We tend to focus on flounder this time of year; however, there is a lot of other good fishing that takes place. The other two of the Big 3, specks and reds, offer outstanding action during November.