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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Feb 27, 2013 - 10:16:35 AM


March fishing can be successful
By Greg Peralta
Feb 27, 2013 - 10:15:56 AM

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Fishing in the Lowcountry is a year round thing. During every month of the year, anglers have a good chance of catching Redfish, Trout and Flounder. However, March can be particularly challenging. The transition from winter to spring brings consistently windy conditions and fish that are on the move.  
Large winter schools of Redfish begin to break up. Forming smaller schools and spreading out of over a pretty broad area. Some schools will remain on shallow flats and others will move into creeks. When the fish are settling into their new locations, they can be difficult to find and even more difficult to catch.  Live bait or cut mullet (chunks) will improve your chances with Redfish in transition.
Trout move from deeper water to shallow areas that hold lots of baitfish. Depending on the day, they can be deep, shallow or any place in between. In March, finding baitfish is the way to consistent Trout action.  Oyster bars near creek mouths that have a reasonably deep channel are good feeding areas on the falling tide. Fish these areas thoroughly. Bouncing a jig down the oyster bar and into the channel is a productive method for targeting early spring Trout. If the water temperature hits the middle sixties, Trout will begin feeding higher in the water column. A suspending type lure fished over the oyster bar can be very productive. My favorite is a Z-Man StreakZ on a 1/16 ounce 3/0 flutter hook.  
Flounder move back into the creeks from winter havens in near shore waters. Look for improving numbers as March progresses. Bouncing a mud minnow on a jig along the bottom of barrier island inlets is a good way to catch a Flounder dinner.  
Fishing in March can be tough. However, anglers that plan for fish on the move will usually meet with success.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. www.facebook.com/CaptainGregPeralta, captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com, (843) 224-0099.
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