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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Apr 17, 2013 - 9:58:03 AM


Give lure fishing a try with these tips
By Greg Peralta
Apr 17, 2013 - 9:56:32 AM

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Dave Peralta with a big Redfish caught using a Bad Shad.


For the past couple of weeks, I have been fighting a losing battle with bronchitis. When I did go fishing (against doctor’s orders) the Trout, Flounder and Redfish were most cooperative. Water temperatures are approaching the 70 degree range. Mullet and Menhaden have returned to the creeks in good numbers.  Predators are eating with gusto. Thus, lures that mimic finger mullet and peanut menhaden (or actually fishing with finger mullet for bait) are highly productive. Early in the morning, suspending lures like the Z-Man StreakZ 3.75 on a 1/16 ounce 2/0 flutter hook and Rapala Xrap XR10 are producing good numbers of Trout. Later in the day, bouncing a ¼ ounce jig tipped with a MinnowZ Bad Shad along channel ledges will keep you in the action.  
Now that the water is warm, a more aggressive lure retrieve cadence is producing the most bites. When fishing the StreakZ or Xrap, a few rapid twitches and a long pause have been highly effective. More times than not, the strike will occur during the long pause. When fishing the Bad Shad, jigging (or hopping) the lure a couple of feet off the bottom and letting it settle back to the bottom is my preferred warm water retrieve. Most of the bites will occur as the lure falls. Thankfully, the predators are whacking the lures and it is not unusual for them to hook themselves. If you have been considering fishing with lures, now is a great time to give it a try.
As we all prepare for the warm weather boating season, sunscreen and insect repellent are “must have” items for a day on the water.  I saw a lot of sunburned people on boats this week.  Early in the morning and late in the evening, gnats (and mosquitos) are swarming. Before heading out, be warned that fish are not the only things biting.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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