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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Feb 6, 2013 - 10:05:21 AM


A little hardship leads to good things
By Greg Peralta
Feb 6, 2013 - 10:04:40 AM

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After my presentation at the Charleston Boat Show, I had several requests to follow me on Facebook.  Since my personal FB account is private, responding to these requests has been problematic.  As such, I have created a new publicly available FB page at www.facebook.com/CaptainGregPeralta.  Through this page, I will share fishing reports, tips and experiences.  
Gale force winds kept me off of the water for most of this week. However, I did get out early on Saturday. It was cold and the wind was still blowing (but not at gale force). There was a small (unseen) patch of frost on the deck of the skiff that caused me to slip upon boarding. Thankfully, another Polar Bear swim was just barely (no pun intended) avoided. Only my pride and buttocks were bruised. After fighting the wind up river to a sheltered fishing location, I arrived (nearly frozen) only to learn my engine tilt and trim had quit working. Being unable to enter the shallow water (with my engine stuck in the down position) Trout in deeper water became the target for the day. In transit to a deep water area, the engine overheat alarm went off. Thus, I returned to the boat landing cold, bruised, with a broken boat and fishless. It was the proverbial “Bad Day of Fishing”.
After hearing my tale of woe, Elliott (my son) offered to take me fishing in his boat. We only had an hour to fish when we launched after lunch. It was still windy but much warmer. Bouncing a MinnowZ Bad Shad along a submerged channel ledge kept us in steady Trout action. When I caught a flounder off the same ledge, we switched to fishing shallow structure for Redfish (wanting to complete the inshore slam).  On the second cast to a rock pile that was covered with oysters, a small Redfish inhaled the MinnowZ.  Inshore slam completed!  
With the help of my son, a truly awful day of fishing was transformed into a very good and memorable one. Sometimes, it takes a little hardship to make us appreciate the small but good things in life.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.www.facebook.com/CaptainGregPeralta, captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com, (843) 224-0099.

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