Another cold front is on its way and the early part of this weekend we could see a prefrontal bite taking place. One species of fish that reacts to such events is flounder. Flounder are bottom dwellers for the most part and when strong cold fronts blow through they could be left in pockets of shallow water in the marshes and back bays.
If a major freeze is not associated with the cold front, it generally is not a problem; however, flounder and other fish do not want to take that chance and instinct leads them to deeper water when barometric pressure shows signs of an approaching cold front. Feeding activity also picks up.
Regardless, the elements should be in place to get action out of the flatfish even though bait might continue to be available in the bays.
So, if the drop in barometric pressure triggers flounder movement, how are speckled trout affected? Well, trout are not as vulnerable to being trapped as flounder; however, a lesson was learned in the big freeze of 1983.
In that year, warm weather persisted well into December and trout were feeding in shallower waters. When the “Blue Norther” hit with its strong winds and a sudden and major drop in temperatures, water was pushed out quickly and the high pressure that followed continued to push the water out. Trout were trapped in shallow waters and the record freezing temperatures were too much for thousands of trout caught in areas from which they could not escape.
Hopefully, we will not experience any events like that; however, it is something we keep a watchful eye on beginning in December.