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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Nov 20, 2013 - 10:00:44 AM


Fish around oyster laden creek mouths on the falling tide
By Greg Peralta
Nov 20, 2013 - 9:59:21 AM

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The weather this week was a bit extreme. Over the course of a few days, we experienced near freezing and then unseasonably warm temperatures. The fishing was a bit extreme as well.  Extremely good!  
Trout, Redfish and Flounder are abundant and hungry. Fishing around oyster laden creek mouths on the falling tide is a good way to catch all three species. With the fish feeding so aggressively, well presented lures are producing impressive catch and release numbers.  As water drains out of the creek (on the falling tide), baitfish and shrimp are carried with it, creating an all you can eat buffet. Predators looking to fatten up for the winter find locations such as these irresistible. Lures that mimic baitfish or shrimp being swept out of the creek are hungrily being devoured. This week, the most productive lures were a Z-Man MinnowZ Gold Rush (on a quarter ounce jig) and a white Rapala Husky Jerk. The MinnowZ produced the most fish, but the Husky Jerk produced consistently larger Trout.  
Over the past few weeks, several people have inquired about the rod I use to fish these lures.  Each was surprised that I use a different rod for each lure and asked that I write a little about why. So here goes.
When fishing a MinnowZ on a lead head jig, a rod that recovers quickly (as in quits vibrating) from the jigging action is essential (because the bite often occurs as the lure falls back to the bottom). A rod that allows you to stay in touch with the lure as it falls definitely helps to catch more fish. My favorite rod for jig fishing is a 7’ medium light St. Croix Avid.  If I could only have one rod, this would be it.
When fishing the Husky Jerk, a sensitive but slower action rod is needed to impart a wounded minnow action to the lure (using a jerk and pause retrieve). A slower action rod helps to make the lure more erratic (and trigger more strikes). Typically, I use a 6’6” or 7’ St. Croix Premier when fishing the Husky Jerk.  
Hoping this helps.  If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact me.
You can reach Captain Greg Peralta at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com, (843) 224-0099.
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