From The Daniel Island News
A good day for Trout and Redfish
By Greg Peralta
Sep 12, 2012 - 10:13:54 AM
Tropical storm Leslie and Hurricane Michael provided epic surf conditions for most of last week. As such, I did more surfing than fishing. However, I did go fishing with Diane Rozier and her father Jim. On the day of our trip, the optimal tide was late in the afternoon. When we met at the Daniel Island Marina, the tide in Clouter Creek was falling and about half way out. Recent rains had the water a bit off color, but it was still clear enough to target Trout.
After a short run from the marina, we stopped at a small creek that was draining a significant volume of water into Clouter Creek. A strong current seam formed where water from the two creeks met. This created an ideal feeding station for Trout. Diane cast a rattle float rig (with a mud minnow suspended about 2 feet below the float) into the small creek. The falling tide swept the float back into the current seam. When the float entered the seam, it disappeared below the surface. Diane reeled in the slack line and set the hook on a good-looking Trout. When Diane was fighting the fish, I looked at the fish finder to check our depth and saw a school of fish on the bottom about ten feet below. Jim cast a mud minnow on a lead head jig into the depths and immediately had a Trout on the line. We enjoyed fast Trout action until the tide slowed and the current seam became less prominent.
The sun was low on the horizon when we moved to a submerged oyster bar in search of Redfish. Jim had the hot hand and quickly caught and released several upper slot limit Redfish. The fish were holding in a very specific part of the oyster bar. A mud minnow on a lead head jig cast into the area usually produced a good bite. Diane made an excellent presentation into the area and her rod bent over double with the weight of a big fish. The fish stayed deep and made long runs against the drag of the reel. It took several minutes, but Diane eventually coaxed the fish to the boat. After a quick picture, we took the time to carefully revive the fish before letting it go. As it swam away, I wondered who was happier; Diane, Jim, me or the Redfish.
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