01 Nov Saltwater Edge November Surf Fishing Forecast
November Surf Fishing Forecast by Dennis Zambrotta
In the beginning of November game fish migration is still in full force but will begin to wane towards the middle of the month. Many surfcasters will then travel the Rhode Island’s South County shores to see more consistent action. Schools of fish will now be scattered and pass every few days depending on baitfish presence.
Weather is the real wild card in November, if you get a mild day/night with light winds take advantage of it because a storm can screw things up for days at a time. Local November baitfish can be peanut bunker, adult bunker, bay anchovies, silversides, squid, sand eels, mackerel, hickory shad, and if we’re lucky, Atlantic (or sea) Herring. Herring and mackerel generally start to show towards the middle of November and can last into December. If you can find bass and bluefish with the herring expect easy pickings for larger fish. Small bait tends to attract smaller bass in November. Because of this variety of bait many different lures or baits may be effective. Bucktails such as Andrus Rip Splitter, Andrus Jetty Casters, and Blue Frog Fixed Hook jigs adorned with Uncle Josh Pork Rind or curly tail grub trailers are a must carry day or night – white is by far the most effective pattern. Super Strike Darters, Super Strike Casting Swimmers, and Northbar Bottle Darters may all produce when big bait is present. Various models of needlefish plugs (Super Strike, Gibbs) and Cotton Cordell C10 Series Redfins will produce when sand eels are in the wash. Topwater fishing can be very effective during November with long casting Super Strike Little Neck Poppers and Gibbs Pencil Poppers used to tease fish into striking. When the winds are light break out the live eels – if your shop still carries them. If not rigged eels are a perfect substitute.