Had boats out everyday in just about everything mother nature can throw at us. Gonna be a long report...
Sunday I had some old friends from the PEW environmental group in town on business. Sharon Mcbreen and Capt Shane Cantrel wanted to got wet a line for a few hours in the late afternoon. Kept them close to home with the stiff breeze, but we made the most of it. Be lying if I said we caught much, not that they would have kept it. I kept one big flounder and nice case of wind burn with my two good friends. More of a meeting than a fishing trip, but still a fun day.
Monday, Gus Lorber was back for more, with two new anglers. Tom and Drew were up for the challenge and the only option was to stay close to the dock looking for flounder. Found some slabs. Sizes were good, numbers were not what I was looking for. Stayed out all day getting a flat fish here and there. Played it safe and brought home a mess for dinner. They had another day to get it done though.
Tuesday, the winds finally slacked up and we were able to work on the reefs and bridges. Hit every single reef, bridge, and oyster reef that time would allow. Best bite came mid day when we found moving water on one of the reefs. Gus was exploring with a popping cork and started catching keeper trout. All 4 of us switched over and got in on the action. Had about 45 minutes of an every cast bite. Plenty of throw backs, but was a nice to put the Virginia boys on some fast action. Caught everything, but Gus only kept a few for the dinner table. By the end of the day we caught red fish, black drum, sheepshead, and some nice specks. Always a good time with my good pal Gus.
Capt Matt was the only boat out on Wednesday. He had Shore Thing regular JC for another near shore trip. Sounded like the Mighty Matt had a great day in close fishing the reefs and bridges with the boys. He said they had to move very little and dialed in the big sheepshead and puppy drum. He also said if the live shrimp lasted long on the bottom, the big specks would jump on them. They stayed in protected water and caught 12 puppy drum, 14 sheepshead, and a nice mess of specks and whites for garnish.
And then there was Thursday...
Had my good friend Capt Lenny Maliotesi from the Fighting Chicken was back for his annual flounder killing spree. Joining Lenny was Brian Brokart, and father/son duo Norm and Jeff. Something about having Lenny on the boat just seems to raise fish. First two casts of the day put flounder in the boat. Picked around all day but found some ginormous flat fish working the shore lines. Pretty sure Norm got the big fish of the day with one pushing 5 pounds. Somehow Lenny got a big slot red fish while bumping bottom too. The crew worked for it, but they put 22 big ole flatties in the box before the days end. Once again I got to see my buddy Lenny fillet flounder at the speed of light. No kidding, he would knock them off the fish faster than I could knock the meat off the skin.
Capt Kenny was out with the Cal Lucas crew and was fishing the reefs and bridges. With much nicer weather, they went to town on everything swimming. Kenny said the current was moving good and the birds were diving. The crew stayed near shore and caught 25 specks, 11 puppy drum, 1 bull red, a sheephead, a big flounder and some white trout(MORE REEFS = MORE FISH).
And then came the FOG...
Had three boats out on Friday in the pea soup fog. The Mighty Capt Matt had the two man Turner group, and Capt Jimmy Ray had Harlen and Leon from Starksville. I had Mary and Rick Sarris from Ocean Springs. My trip was for Ricks Birthday and the pressure was on. The weather canceled their last attempt at a charter trip with Shore Thing. The thick fog prevented a safe crossing to the LA Marsh, so all three boats slow motored to reefs or shore lines very close to Bayou Caddy. Funny how things happen, all three boats found a mess of specks, whites, reds, puppy drum and sheepshead. We were able to fish diving birds with popping corks and missed our MS limit by just two fish. We were the first ones back to Shiyou Caddy with 28 specks, 40 whites, 3 puppy drum, 1 sheepshead and 1 bull red(released). Capt Jimmy Ray was just a few hundred yards from us working on the trout earlier in the morning. Took a picture of his crews catch, but not sure of the exact numbers(it was a mess). Capt Matt went off to one of his secret holes when the fog broke later in the morning. He ended with a box of 25 big MS speckled trout, 6 sheepshead, and 10 puppy drum.
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