While this November is starting off like many in the recent past with warmer than normal weather, let’s discuss a few of the areas that are known for their fall and early winter fishing.

Ask any experienced angler and I mean someone who has been fishing the Galveston Bay Complex for 30 years or longer and you will hear Christmas Bay mentioned as one of the favorites of most for action this time of year. From November to well after year-end, that little bay lying just west of San Luis Pass is a productive area for reds and early season flounder.

It is a shallow bay and offers easy access for kayakers. I fished the bay for the first time 20 years ago with Capt. Chris Jamail who taught me a lot about the ins and outs of that area. For newcomers to the bay who use boats for access, my recommendation would be to go with a guide or other fisherman experienced in maneuvering the area.

The bay is full of shallow oyster shell reefs which are good for fishing but not for running aground.

Close by are two well kept secrets for fall fishing and they are Bastrop Bay which adjoins Christmas Bay and to the north, Chocolate Bay. Bastrop Bay has terrain much like Christmas while Chocolate Bay is much larger in area and offers water depths somewhat deeper than the other two mentioned.

Specks tend to be more abundant in Chocolate Bay; however, the whole area encompassing the three bodies of water offer excellent fishing for the big three, trout, reds and flounder.

Between now and the end of January duck hunters are widespread throughout the area, so caution should be used in areas where duck blinds are located so as to not interfere with hunts.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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