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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013 - 9:14:21 AM


Tips for fishing full moons - high and low tides
By Greg Peralta
Oct 23, 2013 - 9:12:30 AM

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Donna Crocker caught a Redfish during an extremely low tide.

Recently, the tides have been running usually high. Typically, I avoid fishing during full moon high tides (unless I am targeting tailing Redfish). The large volume of water makes locating and staying on fish difficult (at least for me). So with the full moon last week, I set about the task of learning techniques that work during extremely high tides.  
The first few days were challenging. The marsh was covered by a foot of water making it hard to identify the points and cuts that I prefer to fish. Without a visual reference, my lure was constantly getting hung up (in the top of the marsh grass and unseen structure). Learning from this, I switched to shallow running suspending lures (Z-man StreakZ on 3/0 sixteenth ounce flutter hook and Rapala Husky Jerk HJ-08). These lures have erratic actions and suspend near the tops of the flooded marsh grass (eliminating most of the lure hang ups).  
In order to check the action and running depth of the StreakZ, I made a short cast and watched the lure slowly sink. As I was watching, a Trout shot up out of the grass and ate it. Thinking I may have stumbled onto a good pattern, I started blind casting the area and retrieving the lure with a single twitch and long pause. The Trout were there and most of them hit the lure during the long pause.  
When the tide began to fall (and I could identify marsh points and edges), I switched to the Husky Jerk, which runs a little deeper than the StreakZ. Trout congregated in these areas, I am guessing to feed on the baitfish leaving the flooded marsh. During the next full moon, I hope to learn more and refine these high water techniques. Surprisingly, I am looking forward to fishing the next set of unusually high tides.
Full moon tides are extremely low as well. This makes fishing easier as baitfish and predators are concentrated into small areas. It is literally like fishing in a barrel. Casting a finger mullet on a jig into these areas is a good way to catch a Redfish. It is also a good way to get stuck as the tide falls (take my word for this). When the Redfish are biting, it is easy to forget that at some point you will want to leave the area.  So keep a close eye on the tide.
Tides have a significant impact on fishing.  However, by adjusting techniques to match the conditions you can catch fish during all parts of the tide.
Captain Greg Peralta, captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com, (843) 224-0099.
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