November is here and for many inshore anglers it is their favorite month of the year for fishing. Several reasons for this are that it is generally a great month for bay fishing, the weather is pleasant and the spring and summer crowds are gone.

It will be interesting to see how this November stacks up compared to earlier years. The big factor will be the effect of last September’s record floods in Southeast Texas. Typically, Trinity Bay is in its prime during November and, with salinity levels improving, it again could be one of the hot spots, especially for speckled trout.

Both East and West bays are in their prime for trout action and this year should be a good one, as large numbers of specks were driven to those bays and areas around lower Galveston Bay by the heavy influx of fresh water earlier this fall.

The cooler temperatures get the fish to moving and just about all species of inshore fish will be feeding and putting on extra layers of fat in preparation for winter.

We have mentioned so often recently about the flounder run and November is the prime month for that. Tuesday, Betsy Hatherill, of Spanish Grant, sent in a picture of a saddle blanket she caught that day and mentioned it as the Halloween Flounder.

Crabbing will continue to be good as long as cold fronts do not become too numerous and drive the crabs to deeper waters.

For offshore anglers, this is the month that normally marks the end of near shore action on pelagic fish including kings, ling and Dorado.

Watch the forecasts and take advantage of the nice days for which November is known. This weekend looks like it will fall into that category.

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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