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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 - 5:01:44 PM


Fishing is about spending time with people you love
By Greg Peralta
Apr 15, 2014 - 4:59:57 PM

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Maddie only caught a tiny Trout but had a great day of fishing.

This weekend, my daughter (Maddie) was home from college. While at home, she wanted to go fishing. So my wife (Amy), Maddie and I planned to fish together on Sunday. Fishing with Amy and Maddie is very different from my normal fishing routine. We spend more time riding around and soaking up rays than trying to catch fish. It was warm (almost hot) when we launched the skiff. Idling away from the boat landing, I was happy to see the water temperature was finally above 70 degrees. All manner of watercraft were on the river. Music and the smell of sunscreen were carried on the afternoon breeze. It felt great to be on the cusp of summer!
Rather than beginning to fishing immediately, we anchored the skiff in a creek off the main river (so the girls could soak up some sun). The creek was full of mud minnows and mullet. While sitting quietly at anchor, a small pod of dolphin entered the creek and began strand feeding on a school of mullet. From the look of it, an adult dolphin was showing a couple smaller ones how to catch mullet in the shallows. It was an awesome spectacle.  
After the show, the girls took a nap and fishing had to wait. Of course, I was desperate to begin fishing but this trip was about what the girls wanted to do. In a quiet creek with Amy and Maddie lounging on the back deck, I decided to take a nap too. With my eyes closed and the sun warm on my face, I could get used to this laid back style of fishing.
When we actually decided to try and fish, the tide was less than optimal. Maddie fished with a Z-Man MinnowZ Bad Shad and I cast a Lucky Craft Pointer 65SP. In short order, Maddie caught a small Trout. We took a quick picture, released the tiny Trout and went home. On the ride back to the boat landing, I reminded myself that fishing is not about catching fish. It is about spending time with the ones you love.  
Captain Greg Peralta may be contacted at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or call (843) 224-0099.

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