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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Sep 4, 2013 - 10:27:42 AM


Everyone wants to eat shrimp!
By Greg Peralta
Sep 4, 2013 - 10:26:22 AM

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Shrimp continue to be the preferred meal for Redfish, Trout, Flounder and everything else with fins and teeth. They are also one of my favorite meals as well. Thus, I am looking forward to the upcoming shrimp baiting season.  A few weeks ago, as we suffered through a couple of weeks of constant rain, I worried that the massive influx of fresh water would drive the shrimp from our rivers and creeks. Thankfully, it seems those worries were unfounded. If the number of shrimp in our estuary is indicative of the upcoming season, we are in for a good one. Opening day is in a few short weeks. Before heading out you may wish to review the shrimp baiting regulations.  An excellent resource is available online at www.dnr.sc.gov.  
Being a shrimp has to be tough. Everything wants to eat you. Looking for shrimp being eaten (when they jump out of the water for no apparent reason) is a great way to locate feeding fish.  This week, I found schools of Trout, Redfish and Black Drum using this method. Once identified, casting a live shrimp under a float or on a jig made for very consistent action. Typically, the Trout were in the 13 to 15 inch range but the Redfish and Drum were much larger. For the next several weeks, finding (and catching) feeding fish will be pretty simple. Just look for shrimp jumping out of the water.  

Captain Greg Peralta, captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com. (843) 224-0099.

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