|Hickory shad were abundant|
in some backwaters.
|A familiar November scene....|
lots of bait, little fish.
This November could be described as a dud. It turned out to be the poorest of the three fall months. I would rate September as our best fall month this year. The strange thing about this November was that it was warm with warm water temperatures which tends to favor good fishing lasting until the end of the month. In addition, there was a lot of bait, but few fish after it. Big numbers of fish were just not around.
|I fished a lot in November and was|
able to land only one decent fish
of 40 inches.
I got out a good number of times in November. I was able to catch one good size keeper (40 inches), another smaller keeper (28 inches) and 25 schoolies. I never saw what I would call a blitz of fish. Those numbers are really poor compared to past years. I caught no bluefish and never saw a bluefish caught. In addition, I got a load of hickory shad but only in the backwaters. I got one lone shad in the high surf of the oceanfront.
Many will look at this fall and say we are seeing the downward trend and shortage of stripers in the poor November numbers. Others will say the fish just bypassed the south shore of RI. Still, others will point to severe weather that drove big numbers of fish out in October. However you want to frame it, most will agree that November, 2015, was disappointing for striper fishing. One of the poorest Novembers in the last decade.