There is a general pattern. The fish under breeding size (around 5 lbs) are inshore all year round. The bigger fish move to the breeding grounds during the winter months and return in the spring. Their arrival seems to coincide with 1. the spring crab moult, and 2. sea temperatures reaching 10 degrees centigrade. So, in some areas which experience high sea temperatures right into December the big ones may still be around.
h34r: IVE HAD MY BIGGEST BASS BOTH SHORE & BOAT IN OCTOBER TO NOV ,THIS TIME OF YEAR IN FACT ,THE BIGGEST SHORE CAUGHT BASS I HAD WAS OVER 8lbs & taken at night when the sea was in a real rage ,,all i used was a huge lug