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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014 - 9:55:50 AM


The Trout bite is epic
By Greg Peralta
Mar 26, 2014 - 9:54:20 AM

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Captain Greg explained, "The bite is so good, we are catching them two at a time!"


As we approach the last week of March, it seems spring has truly arrived. If warmer air and water temperatures are not proof enough, pollen and allergies leave little room for doubt. With water temperatures now exceeding 60 degrees, the rivers and creeks a coming back to life. 
Redfish in shallow water are exhibiting aggressive feeding behavior. For the first time in months, small pods of Reds are crashing baitfish along oyster bars. This type of behavior makes them easy to spot (and catch). Casting a Z-Man 4” PaddlerZ slightly ahead of the marauding Redfish (and letting it just sit on the bottom) is a highly productive technique.
While the cold winter and extremely low water temperatures were hard on the Trout, it seems a significant amount of the overall population survived. The Trout bite has been epic. Z-Man MinnowZ (Pearl) and Lucky Craft Pointer 78SP lures are proving irresistible to the Trout. When Trout are holding deeper (along channel edges), bouncing a MinnowZ along the bottom will produce steady action. If the fish are holding (and feeding) higher in the water column, a suspending lure like the Pointer 78SP will keep you in the action. Whether using the MinnowZ or Pointer 78SP, a twitch and long pause retrieve is recommended. 
Now that spring is here, fish are not the only thing that is biting. When the wind is calm, large swarms of gnats can make fishing miserable. Our unofficial state bird, the mosquito, is also beginning to show up. So it is time to replenish the bug spray on your boats. While you are at it, pick up a new bottle of sunscreen. It is spring after all! 
You may contact Captain Greg Peralta at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or call (843) 224-0099.
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