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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014 - 8:05:52 PM


Try these tips to catch fish in cold and windy winter weather
By Greg Peralta
Jan 21, 2014 - 8:04:31 PM

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In late January, fishing is often best described as cold and windy. This week was no different. A series of strong cold fronts brought gale force winds and low temperatures (dropping the water temperature into the upper forty degree range). Subsequently, the strong Trout bite slowed down a bit. However, good catches of Trout are still possible by focusing effort on deeper water channels and holes. When searching for Trout in these areas, I have stumbled upon large schools of Redfish. Slowly bouncing a MinnowZ Bad Shad or Houdini on a quarter ounce jig along the bottom has been producing good numbers of Redfish and steady Trout action.
Until the water warms back up, the fish will be moving very slowly. So the bite will be extremely light (usually a slight tick). Under these conditions, I recommend using sensitive rods matched with reels spooled with braid and making short casts. This will help you to stay in touch with the lure and feel the bite.  Once you get the hang of it, even the lightest bite is pretty easily felt.
The Charleston Boat Show is this weekend and I will be hosting hands-on educational sessions both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. If you want to learn more about rigging and fishing soft plastic lures, please drop by the Rigging Room on Saturday at 2:45 or Sunday at 3:30. Hope to see you there.
To contact Captain Greg Peralta, email captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or call (843) 224-0099.
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