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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013 - 9:44:05 AM

Fishing is more like catching
By Greg Peralta
Aug 28, 2013 - 9:43:22 AM

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Try these tips for fishing with shrimp as bait
This summer, rain has been a constant fishing companion. Rainfall totals are approaching unprecedented levels. However, the impact on fishing has not been too bad (other than trips cancelled or cut short due to thunderstorms). Shrimp are abundant in the creeks and the water temperature is down several degrees. These factors have Redfish, Trout, Black Drum and Ladyfish feeding very aggressively. As such, fishing is more like catching (especially if you use live shrimp for bait).
Look for predators to be holding along channel ledges and drop offs that are adjacent to shallow water. As the tide falls, bait fish and shrimp (along with the fish that eat them) are concentrated into these areas. Rigging for fishing channel drop offs is simple. Tie on a quarter ounce lead head jig. Impale a shrimp on the jig. Cast the combination into the channel and wait. In short order, something will eat the shrimp. It may not be the target species, but the action will be constant. The only downside for this type of fishing is that it takes a lot of shrimp. Typically, I will not begin fishing until there are 10 to 12 dozen shrimp in the livewell. More times than not, I will have to catch more at some point during the day. Thankfully, shrimp are quite easy to catch with a cast net during lower stages of the tide.  
If the rainy weather pattern continues, do not despair. Catch a bunch of live shrimp and fish them along creek channels and drop offs. The bite should be red hot. Who knew rain was such a good fishing companion?
Captain Greg Peralta, (843) 224-0099.

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