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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Mar 6, 2013 - 9:56:27 AM

Live mud minnows are better bait choice when water clarity is low
By Greg Peralta
Mar 6, 2013 - 9:55:32 AM

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Fishing in early March usually means enduring cold and windy conditions. That was certainly the case this week. On Saturday, it was so cold and windy that my charter asked to reschedule. This was perfectly understandable, as conditions were truly horrid. However, I still had the urge to fish.  So I called DT Miller and my son Elliott. Surprisingly, both of them wanted to fish. We launched 30 minutes later into a falling tide and a full on gale. Oh yeah, did I mention it was really cold!
In March you can catch fish using lures, but there are some days when a live mud minnow is essential to catching good number of fish. Saturday was just such a day.  In a small and shelter creeks, the water clarity was decent and lures work well. However, extremely choppy conditions in the main river made water clarity non-existent. Given the conditions, we staked out the skiff, put away our lures and cast mud minnows on jigs to channels at the base of shallow oyster bars. It did not take long before Elliott was fighting a good size Redfish. When Elliott was releasing his fish, DT set the hook on another one.  Conditions were awful, but the Redfish bite was very nice.
We enjoyed steady action until it became so windy that my stick-it anchor would no longer hold the skiff.  With conditioned deteriorating and each of being chilled to the bone, we left the Redfish biting.  Normally, this is a difficult thing to do. However, on Saturday the decision was enthusiastic and unanimous.
Fishing in March can be tough (and really cold).  But with a little persistence and the help of lively mud minnows, you can still catch fish.  
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