Note: Rob Kritzmire, owner of Rob’s Inshore Fishing, operating out of Romar
Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama,
says that November is one of the best fishing months on Alabama’s
under the bridge at Perdido Pass and out in the Pass and the Gulf
of Mexico at this time of year. During November, the big pods of
bull redfish begin to move down the beach at Orange
Beach and Gulf Shores.
These bull redfish will be anywhere from 1/2- to 1-mile offshore and usually will
weigh from 20- to 30-pounds each. We find redfish by watching for the seagulls
diving on baitfish. The big reds will be holding in 30 to 50 feet of water, and
we’ll use large amberjack jigs to catch them.
giant redfish will remain close to shore from now until the end of January.
Some days, we’ll catch and release 20 to 25 of these monster reds, but you only
can keep one per angler. We’re catching these fish on 15- to 20-pound-test
line. If you’ll be coming down to fish for these big redfish, be sure to bring
your video or digital camera with plenty of memory cards, because there will be
a lot of rod-bending action and numbers of photo opportunities. Anglers from
around the country come to Alabama’s Gulf Coast
at this time of year for a fishing trip of a lifetime and to catch and release
these monster-sized golden fish. Since we’re using light tackle, big redfish will
put up a great fight, and they’re really a lot of fun to catch and release.
flounder are starting to pick up right now, and November is a really-good month
for catching flounder. The big 3 to 5 pounders are due to come in the first of
the month. We catch flounder drifting in the Pass and in deep holes off
sandbars. The flounder will be taking bull minnows, shrimp and LYs. On a good day of flounder fishing, we’ll catch
between five and 10 flounder.
time of year, we also catch big speckled trout around grass beds and on flats.
Speckled trout are biting croakers, LYs, menhaden or Berkley’s Gulp! baits. The average trout
we’ll catch in November will weigh 3 to 4 pounds with an occasional 5 to 6 pounder.
On a 4- or a 5-hour trip, we’ll usually catch six to 12 speckled trout.
Normally, I’ll fish inside Perdido
Pass, but right now,
large schools of pinfish have moved inside. So, we’ve found that by fishing in
the Pass or just outside the Pass to get away from the pinfish that steal and
eat our baits, we catch more quality fish in the deep holes.
also catching a phenomenal number of small black snapper (gray snapper) inshore
during November. The black snapper has to be 12-inches long before we can keep it.
On an average day of fishing, we’ll usually pick-up several black snapper,
which are great fighting fish. If you catch black snapper that are big enough
to keep, they’re also a delicious-eating fish. We can keep 10 of these snapper
per day, per person. I have several spots where I can locate plenty of keeper black
snapper for my clients.
November, large numbers of big sheepshead, great fighting and delicious-tasting
fish, also start to appear in this area. Numbers of sheepshead will be around the
Perdido Pass Bridge,
out on the jetties and on the artificial reefs.
news about fishing Alabama’s Gulf Coast
in November is our weather’s still fairly warm that month, which means we can
target a wide variety of species and generally always catch fish. If the
weather’s rough, we can move inside Perdido
Pass and fish in protected
a great inshore fishing trip this month, come to Alabama’s
Gulf Coast. We’ll have beautiful weather and
plenty of fish to catch. All we need are fishermen to come fish with us.
more about fishing with Rob Kritzmire by calling 251-980-1228 or visiting www.robsinshore.com.