Fishing banter can be best catch of all

For months, my son Elliott has been restoring his grandfather’s skiff. The boat was old and in rough shape but Elliott’s efforts have made the craft “fishable” once again. While there are still a multitude of things yet to be done (there always is with a boat), we used it on a fishing trip with Jon Carmain and his son Jon A.

On the day of the trip, it was windy and there were whitecaps on the Wando River. To make matters worse, several inches of rain made water quality and clarity poor. All of this added up to a tough afternoon of fishing.

When you’re not catching many fish, it leaves a lot of time to talk. It was fun getting to know Jon and Jon A.—super guys. Given the tough conditions, we started out using live shrimp on lead head jigs. We cast the shrimp to a Redfish that we could see moving along a slight depth transition on a shallow flat. While we were around the fish, bites were few and far between.

Fishing was slow, and of the few fish we did catch, Jon A. caught most of the them. This started a friendly banter between father and son. Jon smiled and told me he was just letting Jon A. get a head start. I replied that I do that all the time when fishing with Elliott. We all shared a good laugh.

While we did not catch a lot of fish, Elliott and I made some new friends. Perhaps, that is the best catch of all.

Stayed tuned for the follow up to this trip. Jon A. and Elliott have challenged Jon and me to a fish-off—a no-holds-barred fathers vs. sons fishing contest. We may not catch any fish, but we will have a great time!

Contact Captain Greg Peralta at or call (843) 224-0099.

Daniel Island Publishing

225 Seven Farms Drive
Unit 108
Daniel Island, SC 29492 

Office Number: 843-856-1999
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