November on the Crystal Coast

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 23:28.
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Weather is always a surprise.  One month can be fantastic one year and not so nice the next year.  Sometimes a month becomes consistently nice until you forget what it can really be like.

November 2012 is not exactly what I have come to expect from  a month whose weather was so good a year ago that I worried that I was in a dream.  It was great weather and we enjoyed very nice conditions well into December.

This year has been different.  First we got brushed by Hurricane Sandy which seemed to usher in some much colder weather.  Now we seem to be growing a Nor'easter each week.

Fortunately they haven't been too bad for the local area since we have only seen the Nor'easters in their early stages.  I am pretty sure those areas on the receiving end of the fully developed systems wish that we would stop incubating them.

The somewhat cold and uncooperative weather in the fall of 2012 has not been much of a problem to coastal North Carolina. However, cold weather does put a serious crimp in my fishing. 

I love to fish, but I no longer am willing to subject myself to extremes of temperature and horizontal blowing winds like I did in this fishing adventure in the fall of 2005.

I prefer fishing in my backyard in sunny, calm conditions. Normally the Crystal Coast has been very accommodating. The fall of 2011 was so nice that I called it a "Fall to Remember." There was no trouble in finding a nice warm day to stalk trout on the White Oak River with my kayak.

I had some great luck and even brought home an over two pound trout one trip.  I was lucky and got to enjoy some very good fishing early this fall.  A number of puppy drum found their way to my Gulps, and I even brought home a very nice flounder one Saturday.

Still I planned my fall travel around November being the best fishing month.  So far I've only been able to get out on the water a couple of times in November, and the only result has been one puppy drum.  I will admit that I haven't caught my meal of trout yet this year.

However, I have been around the coast long enough to know that it is rare that the weather doesn't swing back in the other direction. 

It has been a wild ride so far this year.  On October 25, 2012, the high temperature was 78F.  A few days later on October 29, 2012, the high temperature was only 51F.  By Tuesday, November 6, it was worse with a high of only 47F. 

The weekend of November 11 and 12, we got temperatures that made it into the seventies and lasted through Monday.

Since those three warm days, things have gone down hill.  It will take us until next weekend to get back into the sixties again.  I'm sure the fish are going through temperature whiplash.

I am to the point of hoping for a warm December which is not out of the realm of possibility.  In December 2011, the water temperature in the river climbed back into the sixties and we had some magnificent December weather.

I'll pluck what days I can out of November and plan on a nice December.  We'll see how that works.


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