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Friday, November 18, 2011 10:40 AM
Trout: Slow. Captain Steve Pietrykowski reports that November is traditionally a tough month. Try trolling minnows and spoons around 80 feet deep.
Largemouth Bass: Fair. Topwater action has slowed down, but there are still some fish to be had over schools of shad in deep water. Try shakey head worms, drop shot rigs and Carolina rigged worms fished
Striped and Hybrid Bass: Slow. Fish are moving into bigger creeks. Go with freelining, planer boards and downlines in 20-35 feet of water. Largemouth Bass: Fair. Creek fishing should be decent until temperatures get very cold, but the patterns are basically unchanged from recent weeks. Catfish: Good. Channel catfish can be found 20 feet down with nightcrawlers while the blues are moving into the creeks around 17-25 feet. Use gizzards and shad for blues.
Striper: Fair. Fishing patterns are the pretty much the same as recent weeks, but some birds are arriving, which will make it easier to locate fish. Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Fair. Bass fishing has gotten tough. The best bet is throwing topwater lures like Spooks and Sammys early in the morning around standing timber in coves.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Fish around grass for best results in 15 feet of water. Use spinner bait and jigs, but the key is grass. Striper: Fair. Fish are midway to the back of creeks with some reports of 9 and 11 pound fish. Planer boards, downlines and freelines are producing. Best action around Raysville and the South Carolina Little River. No reports of much schooling. Crappie: Good. Fish around Raysville and the South Carolina Little River. Check the creeks and fish with minnows in 16-20 feet of water along creek channels.
Largemouth Bass: Fair. Similar pattern as in weeks past, but fish have move about halfway up the creeks following shad. Jerk baits and grubs should start catching on soon.
Largemouth Bass: Good. Some schooling reported with bass scattered all over the lake. Popping a bug behind a cork or jigging off points near schools are both producing. Also try a berry spoon. Fish should be moving shallow soon.
Crappie: Fair. Crappie seems to have moved from deep brush piles into channels in about the 10 foot depth range. Use jigs in 6 to 16 feet and try spider rigging.
Catfish: Good. Anchoring over ledges holding baitfish and catfish and fishing with cut bait continues to be effective. Depth is not very important right now but be sure that there are baitfish before setting up. Remember, patience is key.
Largemouth Bass: Slow, but improving. Follow the shad to find bass.
Crappie: Very good. Fish around Dutchman's Creek to the upper dam for best results. The fish are all along the old river channel with some days in the channel and some on the ledge. Minnows and jigs are working just off the bottom.
Catfish: Slowing. The fishing has slowed down for catfish, but is still decent. Drifting cut bait in 20-35 feet of water through large feeder creeks is producing. Cut herring is hard to beat as a bait choice on Lake Murray.
Largemouth Bass: Fair. The best bite is coming in clear water with poor results in stained water. Get on the points early and then to the docks when the sun rises. Fish are shallow, but deep. Rocky areas are the best with shakey head worms and jigs. Striper: Fair. Lots of room to look for fish from mid-lake up to Black's Bridge (Hwy. 391). Some schooling reported so look for the birds. Use planer boards, drifting with live herring and downlines in 20-30 feet of water. Shellcracker: Fair. Best results in 4-10 feet of water. Crickets and nightcrawlers always make good bait choices. Crappie: Fair. Fish in 4-10 feet over brush in a creek mouth. Minnows and jigs are the bait of choice.
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Largemouth Bass: Improving. The bite is getting better, especially over grass with a swimming jig or in the swamp with crank bait around trees. A good number of five pound fish have been reported lately. Catfish: Good. Falling water temperatures have blue catfish on the move and good catches are being reported both deep and shallow. Right now deep water means 30-40 feet and shallow water is 4-10 feet deep. The best baits include cut herring, shad and mullet and both drifting and anchoring will work.
Cherry Grove Pier reports that whiting, spots and flounder are biting, but the fishing is overall slow.
Inshore: The trout bite remains strong on mirror lures and live shrimp. Find them near the jetties, oyster bars and grass edges. Flounder are still being caught, but it's slowing down. Whiting can be caught off the piers at night. Red and black drum are producing off the beaches. Some reports of scattered bluefish. Sheepshead have slowed down considerably.
Haddrell's Point reports the sheepshead bite has turned on full swing. Redfish bite has been good for the most part. Reds are schooling in good numbers at low tide on the mud flats, but are also still holding around structure in strong numbers. Live shrimp, minnows, Gulp! jerkshads, and ZMAN PaddlerZ have all been choices for baits to throw to them. The fall trout bite has still been a little bit inconsistent, but Haddrell's Point reports anglers trolling soft plastics along the banks near high tide and producing 15-25 fish in a trip. ZMAN MinnowZ, live shrimp under a rattle float, DOA shrimp, and the infamous Chicken on a Chain have all been solide bets for tangling with some specks.
Captain Dan Utley reports the incoming tide is best to fish since the water has started to cool. Also, the winds have calmed a bit the water is starting to clear so artificial baits like Gulp Shrimp in the New Penny color are working great. Fish the grass edges on the rising water and also back in the grass as the water gets higher. On low tide Redfish are also starting their schooling pattern and can be caught with 1/4 ounce jigs and a Gulp Shrimp or Gold Spoons. The best time of the year for sight fishing Redfish is right around the corner.
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