Better fishing days are ahead

Fishing in March is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get. The weather changes (drastically) on a seemingly day-by-day basis and the fish change even more than the weather. Fishing is generally tough in March. While I am not one to wish days away, I am really looking forward to April!

As the weather pattern settles down and mild temperatures become the norm, fishing becomes a lot more predictable. In the next week or so, the water will warm up. When it hits the middle 60-degree range, baitfish will once again become abundant in our rivers and creeks. After a long and lean winter, trout and redfish will feed aggressively. Subsequently, fishing will become a lot easier.

In April, top water fishing is one of my favorite things to do. After months of light subsurface strikes, crushing surface strikes are a welcome change. My favorite top water lure is a Shimano Colt Sniper. They come in slow sinking and floating varieties. Make sure you get the floating kind. With the water still being a little cool, a slow twitch and long pause retrieve usually gets the job done. Most of the strikes will occur on the long pause. Do not set the hook until you feel the weight of the fish. Most of the time, the fish will hook itself. So, throw that box of chocolates in the trash and go fishing!

There are a few seats left for my April 13 fishing class (9:30-11:30) at the Daniel Island Library. The class is free. However, I am asking attendees to consider a donation to The Lucy Boyle Memorial Fund or Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. If you would like to reserve a seat, please send a note to

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

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Daniel Island, SC 29492 

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