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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Mar 27, 2013 - 10:04:54 AM


March Madness and fishing!
By Greg Peralta
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:04:06 AM

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In fishing terms, the best thing about March is that it is almost over.  For anglers, rain, wind and consistently uncooperative fish make March very difficult. Like Basketball, fishing has its own form of March Madness. The Madness this week was fishing in a driving rain storm. It was raining so hard, the streets were flooded.  I probably could have fished from my front porch. When I told my wife (Amy) that I was going fishing, she shook her head and muttered something about life insurance. When I called my family and friends looking for a fishing partner, I received similar reactions. Then I called Andrew Grosse and without hesitation he agreed to go fishing.  
When I launched the skiff, it was raining sideways. Waiting for Andrew on the floating dock, the bilge pump ran almost constantly as the rain kept filling the bottom of the skiff. Thankfully, upon Andrew’s arrival, the rain slackened considerably. Given the truly awful conditions, we stayed close to the boat landing. If lightning began flashing, we wanted a short run to safety.  
Due to all the rain, water clarity was poor with only a few inches of visibility. This was especially bad because our target species was Spotted Sea Trout (which are predominantly sight feeders). Andrew was casting a quarter ounce jig with a Z-Man MinnowZ Bad Shad and I was using a Rapala XRAP suspending lure. The bite was slow but we caught enough fish to keep it interesting. Andrew even caught a nice size Redfish. As he released the fish, Andrew smiled and said, “Sure beats sitting on the couch”.  I could not agree more.
March Madness is just about over.  In a few weeks, April will bring better weather and more cooperative fish. In the mean time, fishing in March sure beats sitting on the couch.
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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