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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Sep 5, 2012 - 12:57:52 PM

Even the best-laid plans fail to produce a good catch
By Greg Peralta
Sep 5, 2012 - 12:56:31 PM

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Having a plan is instrumental to consistently catching fish. However, sometimes even the best plans will fail to produce fish. This was the case on Saturday when fishing with my brother Dave and my son Elliott.  Calm seas and a low probability of thunderstorms had us looking for Spanish mackerel (in the morning).  Recently, large schools of Spanish have been congregating in the shipping channel just beyond the jetties.  The fish have been feeding heavily on vast schools of glass minnows.  Finding them is typically pretty easy as they crash the glass minnows on the surface. Unfortunately, on Saturday morning the glass minnows and Spanish mackerel were nowhere to be found. 
Seeing no action in the shipping channel, we moved out to a live bottom area to jig for some Black Sea bass. We use a butterfly jig to target the larger fish. To our surprise none of the fish were keeper size. We moved a couple of times but could not locate quality fish. With our plans for Spanish mackerel and Black Sea bass producing zero results, we moved out a little deeper (to an artificial reef) to jig for Cobia.  It was just one of those days. No Cobia to be found.
No Spanish. No Black Sea bass. No Cobia. Yeah, it was one of “those” days.  After a quick strategy session, we decided to leave the near shore waters and moved inshore. The falling tide was creating optimal conditions for targeting Redfish and Trout. On the way up river, we cast the net a few times and filled the live well with finger mullet. Normally, we prefer to fish with lures, but on Saturday we were zero for three on target species. It was our hope that finger mullet would tip the odds in our favor. 
Given all the rain this week, the water clarity was poor and the shallows where especially murky. So we decided to fish docks in deeper water where the water clarity was a little better. This proved to be a good strategy as we caught Redfish and Trout pretty consistently for the next hour or so. 
Having a plan is instrumental to consistently catching fish. However, being willing to change is just as important. When you are having one of “those” days, don’t get frustrated.  Change your location or target species. That will often be enough to turn things around.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (843) 224-0099.

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