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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Nov 26, 2013 - 7:33:01 PM

A Thanksgiving Fishing Tradition
By Greg Peralta
Nov 26, 2013 - 7:31:35 PM

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Greg Peralta and his son Elliott enjoy a day of fishing together.

Family traditions are a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday. One of my favorite family traditions is the 100 fish challenge. Every year (just before Thanksgiving), Elliott (my son), Dave (my brother) and I set out to catch 100 fish in 4 hours using only lures. On Saturday, we fished the challenge in Clouter and Yellowhouse creeks.
There was a light rain falling when we launch the skiff into the outgoing tide. With only 4 hours to fish, our plan was to run and gun until we encountered a hot Trout bite. While in run and gun mode, each of cast a different lure.  Dave used a Husky Jerk. Elliott and I used MinnowZ lures in Gold Rush and Bad Shad colors. Our fishing efforts were focused on areas where the marsh drained over submerged oysters.  Initially, the bite was kind of slow.  
After the first hour, we had only released 10 fish and most of them were Reds. So we decided to switch patterns and began to fish deep channels (hoping to encounter more Trout). On his first cast in the new area, Dave caught a Trout on the Husky Jerk where the channel began to drop off into deep water.  Subsequent casts into this transition zone produced consistent double and triple hook ups. The bite was hot and we caught fish at a torrid pace until the tide began to slow down. With the countdown clock showing 30 minutes, our fish release count was stuck at 82. As we moved to the next (and last) fishing location, the boat was kind of quiet.  It seemed each of us was contemplating our own level of disappointment if we did not meet the 100 fish challenge.
The clock was down to 20 minutes when I moved the skiff into position at the last stop (an oyster bar with a slight channel at the base of the bar).  Elliott picked up his rod and said we are together fishing in the rain. Who cares how many fish we catch? As he made a cast to the oyster bar, he said over his shoulder, let’s try to break a 100 anyway. We lost about 10 minutes of fishing time due to laughter. When the clock finally hit zero our release count was 98. Yet the boat was filled with smiles and high-fives all around.  
As your family and friends gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, try to take them fishing. It only takes a few hours and the fish are biting now.  In the event they are not, who cares how many fish you catch?
Captain Greg Peralta,, (843) 224-0099.
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