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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Mar 20, 2013 - 10:10:26 AM


Keep on fishing - March 2013
By Greg Peralta
Mar 20, 2013 - 10:09:09 AM

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This week a series of strong cold fronts had the barometer going up and down like a yo-yo. To make matters worst, the cold fronts were followed by gale force winds. Additionally, the poor fishing conditions were compounded by unusually high tides and strong currents. Of course, this would be the week for Flats Class TV to shoot an episode with me here in Charleston.  
Conditions were simply awful. On the first day of the shoot, we only caught one fish. There were a good number of Redfish around, but getting them to strike a lure was seemingly impossible. The second day of the shoot was not much better (we caught two fish).  On the third, I was really feeling the pressure to put C.A. Richardson (the host of Flats Class TV) on some active (and eating fish).  Weather and tide conditions were better, but still not very good. We stopped on a shallow flat and spotted a large school of Redfish holding near a large oyster bar. Unlike the fish on days one and two, these fish were cruising around and exhibiting a strong feeding behavior. C.A. staked the skiff (using dual Power Poles) and cast a Z-Man FattyZ on a 1/8 ounce flutter hook to the lead fish. The Redfish darted forward and engulfed the FattyZ.  As C.A. fought the Redfish, I could feel the self imposed pressure begin to fall away. Feeling better, I cast a Z-Man PaddlerZ (on a 1/8 ounce flutter hook) to the school and hooked up as well. The bite was on. Soon we had enough fish to wrap up the shoot. As the camera boat left, I asked C.A. what he wanted to do. He smiled and said, “Keep on fishing of course”.
Filming a TV show can play on your nerves, especially when fishing conditions are less than ideal. This month, fishing conditions change pretty quickly. So after two tough days, a banner day is likely.  March is a tough time to fish and an even tougher time to film a TV show. However, if you are patient and persistent, you can catch fish.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at www.facebook.com/CaptainGregPeralta, captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com (843) 224-0099.

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