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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Jun 5, 2013 - 9:20:01 AM


Three generations of Manutes enjoy great fishing
By Greg Peralta
Jun 5, 2013 - 9:18:19 AM

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Three generations of the Manutes family, Bobby (the dad and Daniel Island resident), his son, Paul and grandson, Elias.



On Saturday morning, the sunrise was spectacular. There was a slight breeze that kept the gnats at bay so I was able to take a few minutes to enjoy the view. It was cool but as the sun rose I could feel the heat of the day beginning to build. The surface of the water was like a pane of glass that was occasionally broken by a jumping mullet.  We live in a place of great natural beauty.  Even if you do not fish, you owe it to yourself to watch the day begin in the salt marsh.  
Later that morning, I was joined by three generations of the Manutes family. Bobby (the Dad and Daniel Island resident) was joined by his son Paul and grandson Elias. I have fished with Bobby and Paul many times, but this was my first introduction to Elias. As such, I wanted to make sure the trip was a memorable one (so I loaded the live well with mud minnows). However, the fishing started out slowly.  A negative (extremely low) tide had moved the fish from their normal holding places. It took a bit of looking, but we eventually found the fish (in a channel adjacent to the flat). When we found them they were hungry!  I helped Elias cast a mud minnow on a lead head jig just ahead of the cruising schools of Redfish. After the minnow sat on the bottom for a few seconds, it was inhaled by a big one. Elias did a great job on angling. As he fought the fish, I observed Bobby and Paul exchange a knowing glance and broad smiles. Elias was hooked on fishing in both a figurative and literal fashion.  
The Manutes boys went on to have a stellar fishing day. We left the Redfish biting to try and complete inshore slams. They caught lots of Trout and Paul did manage to complete the slam.  It was a great day of fishing. Not so much for the catches, but for the great sunrise and the experience of three generations of the Manutes family.

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