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7/26-Exploring Our Waterways with Capt. John

The Saltmarsh

Have you ever wondered why the fishing is so good here?

The answer is in the salt marsh.

The key is the difference between high and low tides and that the marsh flats, or the mud, which is home to vegetation, mollusks and other creatures is covered by water or uncovered by water during these daily tidal changes.

During the periods of high tide the mud flats are covered by water leaving the tops of the Spartina Grass exposed. Under the surface though, the young shrimp, minnows and crab thrive. All three of these species find nourishment in the nitrates and decaying grasses located here. They also find easy to hide from predators while they are in the grasses.

As the summer progresses the young fish, shrimp and crabs become larger.  As the tide falls they are forced to swim out in the deeper water and having grown somewhat they become more obvious to the bigger fish, notably Flounder, Redfish, and Trout.

The bigger predators will cruise along the grass and oyster beds looking for the smaller creatures as the next snack.

Seasoned fishermen understand this behavior and will fish these areas.

This is one reason why the fishing in our area is so good.

Email Capt. John at John@kayakcarolina.com or visit him at www.kayakcarolina.com  

 

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