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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Nov 28, 2012 - 9:13:46 AM


Cold weather fishing can be fun and productive
By Greg Peralta
Nov 28, 2012 - 9:13:03 AM

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As winter approaches, a steady parade of cold fronts will become the norm. These fronts will have a significant impact on our fishing. Historically, when a strong cold front passes, fishing can be challenging for the next day or so. This was the case on a trip last week with Chris and Owen Antley. A cold front passed through on the night before our trip and a strong northeasterly wind began blowing behind it. We talked about rescheduling, but decided to fish (with significantly lower catch expectations). Given the conditions, we all agreed a half dozen fish would be a pretty good tally.
After hitting a few (normally productive) fishing spots without a single bite, a half dozen fish was looking overly ambitious. Undeterred, we kept on moving and eventually found a school of Redfish holding along a channel edge. Chris cast a Z-Man MinnowZ Bad Shad on a quarter ounce jig to the passing school and hooked up immediately. Surprisingly, the live mud minnow on a jig that Owen presented to the school was completely ignored. This scenario repeated itself four times before I finally switched Owen to the Bad Shad as well. Unfortunately for Owen, his Dad had built a commanding four fish lead (and was quick to remind Owen of that fact). Over the next couple of hours, Owen closed the gap and eventually pulled even with his Dad at seven to seven. On the last cast of the day, the score was still tied. However, Owen hooked an over slot Redfish on his last cast to seal the win. Regardless of who won, we all had fun.
When fishing post cold front conditions, it is prudent to expect less action. However, as Chris and Owen proved, post cold front fishing is still pretty fun.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or (843) 224-0099.
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