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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Oct 10, 2012 - 9:37:35 AM


October is a time of cool mornings, warm afternoons and hot fishing
By Greg Peralta
Oct 10, 2012 - 9:36:26 AM

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Redfish and Trout are feeding with abandon. Catching them with live bait (finger mullet) and soft plastic lures (Z-Man MinnowZ and FattyZ) is pretty easy. Typically, I look for Trout in deeper water (around structure) and Redfish on the shallow flats. However, during periods of low light (early in the morning or late in the afternoon), the Trout have been feeding in the shallows along with the Reds. When this happens, I like to target them with top water lures. There is something special about watching a Trout or Redfish trying to crush a Top Pup Junior or Zara Spook Junior on the surface.  
On Saturday, Julian Levin joined me for a ridiculously early morning top water trip. It was still dark when we started casting our lures on a shallow flat. Vast schools of finger mullet were milling about near the oyster bars. Occasionally, we would hear a predator attack the hapless baitfish. However, our top water lures were for the most part ignored. Thankfully, just before sunrise, the Trout began to feed in earnest.  Strikes ranged from subtle slurps on the surface to such aggressive attacks that it looked like someone dropped a bowling ball from the heavens.  Our strike-to-catch ratio was not great but we did not really care. Top water fishing is all about the strike.  
Shortly after sunrise, the Trout quit biting. I dropped Julian off at the boat landing and headed back out to test some lures. I did not update my float plan or tell anyone where I was going. For the next hour or so, I enjoyed a steady Trout bite. Most of the fish were between 12 to 14 inches, but every once in a while a big one would come along.  
On the ride back to the boat landing, I was making a turn in a small creek and the steering cable to my engine broke. The skiff immediately lost steerage and was on a collision course with an oyster bar. I quickly turned the engine off but the impact nearly threw me out of the skiff.  I am fine (other than a few bumps and bruises) but things could have easily been much worse. I did have the engine kill switch lanyard attached to my wrist, but I was not wearing a life jacket and no one knew where I was. You never know when things will go bad on the water. When it does it usually happens very fast. I was extremely lucky to escape the ordeal with only minor damage to my body and my skiff.
As we get out and enjoy the fantastic October fishing, lets all remember our safe boating practices. Leave a float plan. Use the kill switch safety lanyard. Wear a life jacket. Great fishing days are only great if you make it home safely.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or (843) 224-0099.
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