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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Mar 13, 2013 - 11:10:41 AM


A flexible approach will increase your odds of catching fish in March
By Greg Peralta
Mar 13, 2013 - 11:08:56 AM

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Fishing this week was difficult due to strong winds and unusually high tides. So when Daniel Island resident John Heckman inquired about a fishing trip, I was a bit reluctant to schedule the outing.  However, when John explained that Bryce (his son) was leaving Charleston and this would be his last opportunity to fish for a while, I was immediately onboard.  
When we met at the boat landing it was warm and windy. The breezy conditions made water clarity on the flats poor.  It took a lot of searching to locate a school of Redfish (which were spooky and refused to eat). Rather than chase the fish, we staked out and waited for the fish to settle down. While we were waiting, a pod of dolphin swam on to the flat and began eating our target species.  It was an amazing sight (unless you were a Redfish) that signaled it was time for a change.
Unusually high tides are paired with extremely low tides that concentrate fish in small creek channels.  With the tide approaching dead low, John, Bryce and I moved to a small creek channel. Bryce picked up a couple of Trout bouncing a MinnowZ Bad Shad down the channel ledge. The Trout were welcome, but John and I really wanted Bryce to catch a big Redfish. So we left the Trout and moved to another creek channel. Once on station, we began catching Redfish using lures and mud minnows but they were slot-size fish (no big ones). Rather than move, we just kept working the area. Bryce became very adept at bouncing a jig down the slope of the channel. This paid dividends as he caught the majority of the fish.  Towards the end of the day, Bryce caught a personal best 27 inch Redfish. I was not sure who was happier, Bryce, John or me.
In typical March fashion, fishing was tough. However, by being flexible in our approach we were able to locate and catch fish.  It was a memorable day for me and I truly hope it was memorable for Bryce as well.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (843) 224-0099, www.facebook.com/CaptainGregPeralta, captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com.

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