This month finally brings some much anticipated cooler weather to the south Texas coast. Although you may not need the air conditioner if you are heading offshore, the water will still be warm enough to hold some fun fighting and good tasting fish. The north winds will push some of the green water further offshore, which in turn will push the seasonal fish such as marlin, sailfish and dorado to deeper water. Normally, there will be some good distinct color changes anywhere from the rocks (Hospital, Baker, Eastern, Southern) out to 100 fathoms (about 50 miles). These color changes would be a good starting point if you want to get in some late season billfishing.
History has shown that you can usually have very good success around the rocks and shrimp boats for blackfin tuna, kingfish and sharks. If you can not find any shrimp boats, the best chance for blackfin tuna would be to go to one of the rocks and start chumming. It may take a couple of hours to attract some tuna, but the kingfish and sharks will probably keep you occupied until they show up. If you know of some good wrecks or you like to deep drop for amberjack, make sure you hit up some of your favorite spots. The amberjack fishing can be excellent this time of year and there is a lot less fishing pressure and do not be surprised if you hook into a nice grouper.
For the more adventurous, then maybe hitting up the floaters on a long range trip for yellowfin tuna is for you. The floating rigs off of the Texas coast are anywhere from 115 nautical miles to 150 nautical miles. There are a number of different boats that make these trips, from party boats with 12 or more people or your own private charter for up to 6 people. These trips can last a couple of days and be extremely exciting, regularly catching yellowfin tuna 60 – 80 pounds and it is not uncommon to see tuna over 100 pounds. Keep in mind, that to get to the yellowfin, you will have to warm up with countless blackfin tuna that average better than 20 pounds. The best fishing for yellowfin tuna occurs during the night around the oil rig (floater). During the day, the boats will normally troll for blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo and more tuna.
For past November fishing reports, please check out the archives at TexasCharterFleet.com.
Remember to check the weather before you go and to give someone your float plan!