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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Oct 31, 2012 - 9:57:56 AM

Cystic Fibrosis Red Trout Tournament due to Sandy
By Greg Peralta
Oct 31, 2012 - 9:54:16 AM

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Fred Danziger caught this nice Redfish on a recent outing with Captain Greg.

For the past few years, I have been participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Red Trout Tournament. It is a fantastic event that supports a very worthy cause.  So I look forward to fishing the tournament every year.  Prior to fishing any tournament, I pre-fish as much as possible.  This helps me to eliminate unproductive water so I can keep my anglers in high probability locations throughout the event.  On a pre-fishing trip last week, Daniel Island residents Ron Silverman and Fred Danziger joined me. 
Our plan was to meet early in the morning and to start the day using top water lures.  Ron arrived early (I think he loves to fish as much as me), so we started casting top water lures near the boat ramp. The Trout were awake and feeding.  Ron and I enjoyed steady top water action until it was time to pick up Fred from the dock.  After picking up Fred, we continued fishing top water lures with good results.  Zara Spook Junior and Top Pup Junior lures produced strikes equally well.
Once the sun cleared the trees (and was shining directly into the water), the top water action slowed down. We moved to a shallow flat with a slight ledge that transitioned into deeper water and switched our lures to lead head jigs with MinnowZ Bad Shad bodies. Fred was on fire and it seemed he was catching a fish on every cast.  Ron and I began to mimic Fred’s technique of casting well onto the flat and slowly working the lure down the slight ledge. Soon we were all catching Trout on a regular basis. The purpose of pre-fishing is to find the fish and to determine what technique will be the most productive. With this accomplished, we left the Trout biting to look for some Redfish. After moving to a shallow oyster laden area, we began seeing schools of Reds. However, the fish were spooky and unwilling to bite. So we moved to a new flat and were rewarded with hungry Redfish. The most productive technique was to locate the fish from afar then cast our MinnowZ Bad Shads well ahead of the school and let them sit.  When the school was near our lures a slight twitch would often trigger a strike. As with the Trout, after determining location and technique, we left them for the tournament.
Unfortunately, the Cystic Fibrosis Red Trout Tournament was rescheduled due to hurricane Sandy.  The alternate tournament dates are now November 10 and 11. If you are interested in fishing or simply want to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis, contact Rachael MacQueen at or (843) 388-5968. 
Fishing is not so much about what you catch, but who you catch it with.  On my trip with Ron and Fred, we saw two bald eagles, several porpoise and a beautiful sunrise. For Ron and Fred, fish were a bonus.  That is why I enjoy fishing with them so much.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (843) 224-0099.
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