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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012 - 10:33:42 AM


A good day of fishing is simply a matter of perspective
By Greg Peralta
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:31:47 AM

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Wilson and Chris Antley had a good day of fishing, even if this Redfish was one of the few they caught.




It is easy to get caught up in the numbers aspect of fishing (by setting an arbitrary number of fish that equates to a good day).  This is not a good practice as it minimizes the overall experience. Watching the sunrise and the reflection of wading birds on the surface of the water are just as important to a good day of fishing as actually catching fish.
Thankfully, I was reminded of this fact when fishing with Wilson Antley and his father Chris. From the moment I met Wilson, I was struck by how he always took a few seconds to absorb every scene.  It seemed as if he was trying to memorize every detail of the morning.  In preparation for fishing on the flats, I described how a large school of Redfish creates a small wave as if moves through the water (and this was the key indicator we would be looking for).  Wilson was more excited about seeing the Redfish than actually catching them.  This was a good thing because after catching a big Redfish on the first cast, we spent the next several hours looking at fish that would not bite. I found this to be extremely frustrating, but Wilson was having a great time. After four hours of fishing, we had only caught seven fish.  At the end of the trip, I was a bit embarrassed by the low fish count. However, Wilson genuinely thanked me for a great day. Thinking back, I should have thanked Wilson for teaching me so much about fishing.
On most days, the Redfish bite is pretty good but they are definitely showing the signs of angling pressure and dolphin predation.  A quiet approach and long casts will help to keep from spooking the fish.  Recently, I have reduced the size of my jig head (from a quarter ounce to an eighth ounce) with the Z-Man MinnowZ Bad Shad. This combination lands more softly and sinks more slowly. The Redfish seem to tolerate this combination better and do not spook as much when it hits the water.
If you encounter a school of Redfish that will not eat, do not get frustrated. Take a few moments to look around and absorb every detail of the scene.  It will change your perspective.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or (843) 224-0099.
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