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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Apr 1, 2014 - 7:34:40 PM

Always be willing to try Plan B
By Greg Peralta
Apr 1, 2014 - 7:33:27 PM

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Flexibility is a good thing when fishing. When “Plan A” is not working, anglers that have a “Plan B” will often meet with success. A good example of Plan B happened this weekend.
On Saturday, I had planned to target Trout with suspending lures and Redfish with jigs. Both of which require good water clarity to be effective. Unfortunately, torrential rain and strong winds on Friday night, made the water clarity extremely poor. Thankfully, we thought this may happen and brought along a pint of fiddler crabs to target Sheepshead (as Plan B). After casting lures for over an hour without a single bite, my brother (David) and son (Elliott) were clamoring for Plan B. Given the water conditions, we knew that lures were simply not going to work.  
While I navigated to a submerged rock pile in about 10 feet of water, David and Elliott re-rigged our rods with 20 pound fluorocarbon leaders and bare quarter ounce jig heads. Upon our arrival, we impaled fiddler crabs onto the jigs and dropped them down to the rock pile. Sheepshead have a very light bite. It takes a sensitive rod and a lot of attention to feel them eat the crab. Elliott and I simultaneously missed bites. We were joking about our ineptness at catching Sheepshead when David set the hook and immediately struggled to keep the fish out of the rocks. The battle was short but tough and soon a three to four pound Sheepshead came to the net. For the next few hours, we enjoyed steady Sheepshead action.
The fish were still biting when we ran out of fiddler crabs. This put an end to Plan B. As the water clarity was still awful and we did not have a Plan C, we called it day.  
Over the years, I have come to understand that the only the only bad thing about Plan B is not having one. The next time you go fishing, think about Plan B.  
You may contact Captain Greg Peralta at or call (843) 224-0099.
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