3 days of fishing with very different results. First off, many thanks to Rick Burris and everyone who attended the DMR speckled trout seminar in Biloxi Thursday evening. Felt way out of place there amongst the the real "Fish Doctors". They were showing us all the info they had on spawning, mating, and re-stocking. I rolled up on stage and helped everyone kill more of them(kidding). Very honored to speak along side such prominent figures in the field. It was a very informative seminar, they are looking to have more on other species too(highly recommend attending).
On with the fishing report...
I have fished in colder weather than Friday morning, I just can't remember. Dr Don Gaddy joined me for a media trip to the bridges with Writer Linda Cuccia and her son Matthew. They were doing a story for Marsh and Bayou(The Adventures of Mom and Boy). We could only fish the morning so we had to go out in the cold. Linda had never fished before, 38 degree weather would be her first outing. Hit the bridges trying to get Matt on a big fish for the story. Took several hours of picking though small flounder, rat reds and puppy drum. Finally stuck a big sea monster for Matt as we were cleaning the boat. The group was all smiles as we netted, photographed and released the much needed beast.
Saturday was the Anderson group(Dr. Mike and nephew Blake) from Gulfport. Much warmer, but we still left late. Went back to the Bay Bridge with much more productive results. Wind blew all day, so looked like we made the right call staying in the protected water. This was not Mike and Blakes first rodeo and it showed. The cold water seemed to slow the bite down, but they had the touch. We spent most of the day on the water, but we ended with 10 sheepshead, 2 puppy drum, 3 specks an a nice flounder. Mike must have released at least 15 undersized flounder.
Sunday was Team Bente with Les and Debbie from Baton Rouge. Still happy from the LSU game, the happy couple was cool for staying in close. The shut out fog limited where we could go and what we could do. Water was actually a very pretty clean green color all day. Did find some nice trout at the reefs using live shrimp under the corks and on the carolina rigs. Les was a die hard artificial guy and did well with a tight lined plastic. That fog never burned off where we fished so it was a struggle. In less than perfect conditions we ended our trip early with 22 keeper trout and a safe return. Have not fished in fog in a long time, and hope I don't have to anytime soon.
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