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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Mar 19, 2014 - 10:02:40 AM


Warmer water means fishing and catching are synonymous
By Greg Peralta
Mar 19, 2014 - 10:01:06 AM

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Warmer water means fishing and catching are synonymous
Fishing in March can be hit or miss. This week was definitely a hit. Several days of warm weather returned the water temperature to the upper 50 degree range. Baitfish also returned to the rivers and creeks. The combination of warmer water and abundant forage had the Redfish, Trout and Flounder feeding aggressively. As such, fishing and catching were synonymous all week long.
With the weather being so nice, the flats were pretty crowded. This made the shallow water Redfish very unsettled and hard to approach on the trolling motor. Thus, the stake and wait approach was the most effective. Rather than chase the fish, it was better to hold the skiff (quietly) in a likely position and let the fish come to me. A 4” Z-Man PaddlerZ on a quarter ounce jig cast well ahead of an approaching school produced the most fish.
Submerged channel ledges and humps in 6 to 10 feet of water held good numbers of Redfish, Trout and Flounder. At higher stages of the tide (when the full moon tide was running strong), bouncing a 3” Z-Man MinnowZ (Houdini or Bad Shad) on a quarter ounce jig down the ledges and around the humps made for very consistent action. When the tide slowed down, suspending lures fished in the same areas, kept the action going. Lucky Craft Pointer 65SP and 78SP along with a Rapala XRAP XR8 are my favorite suspending lures. When fishing the jig or suspending lure, a hard twitch and long pause retrieve produced the most strikes.
While fishing was outstanding this week, it is still March and subject to change. However, if the water temperature remains near the 60 degree mark, fishing should continue to improve.
You may contact Captain Greg Peralta at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or call (843) 224-0099.
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