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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Oct 17, 2012 - 11:17:09 AM

Fishing after a cold front can be challenging
By Greg Peralta
Oct 17, 2012 - 11:14:55 AM

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Ed Cooper and Nick Stevens show off their catch.

This week, the first strong cold front of the season passed through the Lowcountry.  With winter just around the corner, cold fronts will impact our weather and our fishing much more often. As a cold front approaches (and the barometer begins to drop), fishing is typically pretty good. However, the day after a cold front passes (if the barometer rises rapidly) fishing can be challenging. This was the case when I fished with Ed Cooper and his friend Nick Stevens.  The weather was beautiful. We enjoyed a day with blue skies, warm temperature, calm winds and uncooperative fish.  
Our plan was to fish the falling tide and to target Redfish on the flats with fly tackle. Things started out pretty well. On the first flat we checked, a school of Redfish was actively feeding. Nick got ready with his fly rod as I quietly moved the skiff into position ahead of the fish. As the school approached, Nick made an excellent presentation and was soon fighting a pretty big Redfish. Unfortunately, the hook pulled when the fish made its initial run. That was the high point of our morning. Things went downhill from there.  For the next few hours, we saw a good number of fish but they were not interested in eating. It was our hope that as the tide came in; the fish would become more active. After a while, we did locate another school of Redfish that were actively feeding. Nick made a perfect presentation of the fly and a Redfish promptly ate it.  Ed, Nick and I were ecstatic. The fight was a good a one until the hook pulled right at the end. It was a tough day of fly fishing.
Knowing that we were fishing post cold front conditions, I caught some finger mullet before Ed and Nick arrived. When the barometer is on the rise, sometimes it takes live bait to catch fish consistently. We put away the fly gear and began presenting finger mullet on lead head jigs. The bite was still off, but we did manage to catch a few fish. Nick even completed an inshore slam.
Fishing after a cold front can be challenging.  If you encounter such a day, try to handle it like Ed and Nick.  Enjoy the blue skies, warm temperatures and uncooperative fish.  More importantly, enjoy the company of the people you are fishing with. We had a tough day, but we also had a great time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (843) 224-0099.
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