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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Oct 3, 2012 - 9:52:32 AM


Fall weather produces hungry fish
By Greg Peralta
Oct 3, 2012 - 9:51:05 AM

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Captain Greg shows off his hungry redfish.



Fall is like a gift from Mother Nature. After punishing us with intense heat during the summer, Mother Nature rewards us with cooler temperatures, lower humidity and hungry fish.  Beautiful weather and aggressively feeding fish often combine to create the perfect fishing day.  
In preparation for winter, Redfish and Trout are forming large schools and feeding very aggressively. Given this behavior, it is possible to catch gaudy numbers of fish. Redfish are marauding mullet and shrimp in the shallows. Trout are feasting (on anything that fits in their mouth) along current seams and deep-water structure. It seems Trout and a certain fishing guide (me) have something in common. Flounder are around in good numbers.  However, most of the Flounder I have been catching are on the small side. Regardless of size, they still round out an inshore slam (catching a Redfish, Trout and Flounder in the same day).
Finger mullet on lead head jigs are the ticket to completing an inshore slam. Typically, I try to use finger mullet in the 3-4 inch range for bait. Thankfully mullet of this size are abundant and easy to catch with a cast net. Casting a mullet on a jig in front of a school of cruising Redfish will almost certainly produce a strike. Casting a mullet on a jig into a current seam will more than likely attract the attention of Trout and Flounder.
With fish eating so readily, now is a good time to switch over to soft plastic lures. Recently, the Z-Man FattyZ on a quarter ounce jig has been irresistible to Trout and Redfish. I recommend fishing the FattyZ just like a live finger mullet.  Cast the lure ahead of the target area and let the current sweep it into the feeding zone. Many times, the strike will occur as the lure sinks. So it pays to stay in touch with the lure as it falls. Using a braided fishing line really helps. Once the lure hits the bottom, just let the tide bounce the lure along until it exits the feeding zone. The FattyZ is a very easy lure to fish.
Whether using live bait or lures, the fishing right now is simply outstanding. Beautiful weather and biting fish are gifts from Mother Nature. These gifts are best enjoyed when shared.  So collect your family and call your friends. Then get out and enjoy some fantastic fall fishing.
If you have any questions, please feel  free to contact me at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or (843) 224-0099.
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