Years back, I used to fish with Captain Joe MIzelle and my good friend George when the winds would prevent going off for sea bass this time of the year, and we would instead fish 'in the back', toting along light casting rods, reels filled with 6-10 lb test line, and small lead heads tipped with various 3-5 inch plastics.
While working these areas, Captain Joe and George would give me a history of the area going back a few decades and how development along the shoreline, put a big crimp in the amount of speckled trout that would now come deep into these creeks during the fall.
I was not one to complain though, as I was catching myself a dozen or more trout, while also hooking a number of other fish such as fluke (summer flounder to them), short striped bass and surprisingly small black sea bass. You would be surprised how far in the back of these creeks you would find pin sized sea bass.
It was truly a treat to go out on a skiff and casting around an area a stones throw and closer from a shoreline, as you made your way out of these creeks, and then on the ride back to Joes dock. Here is just a little peak of the fishing possibilities there.