Been a busy week on the water. We have been out to the Cat Island house for a few days, and had some great day trips. Here we go...
Monday Capt Kenny was the only to brave the elements with the Ozbourne crew. They were only able to fish in close but did well all things considered. Mostly chunking the live bait(shrimp and croakers) in close, the two man crew got 28 trout, 2 flounder and 1 red.
Tuesday was another bad deal of cards from mother nature. Capt Kenny had team Ozbourne back again, I was waiting to see what mother nature was gonna throw at us. Knowing I had some youngsters coming late in the morning, we called our trip. I did peak my nose out just to confirm it was a good call(it was). Did grab 11 trout off of the reefs to cook at Cat Island. Capt Kenny was out with his gung ho crew. We got to wet a line next to each other for a bit. We were both grabbing a trout here and there when I noticed Capt Kenny was yelling, "he's a shooter". Seems one of his crew had brought a fishing bow and was deadly with it. Kenny said he was sticking mullet with it in the canal on the way out. Using rod and reels with a little help from the bow, the three man crew got 36 keeper specks, 1 red and 1 flounder. Very windy but the bite in close has been saving the day.
Wednesday Corey and I were getting things ready to head to Cat Island for three days. Capt Kenny was back out in the slop making a day of it with Capt John and his two grand kids. The north west wind allowed them to fish several protected areas and put a decent box of fish together. On a close, short near shore trip, the tenacious anglers put 28 trout and 1 flounder in the box.
Had the Hancock Bank Alabama crew meet us out at Cat Island for three days of fishing, food and fun. We had boats and people coming in from all over the gulf. Twelve guys eventually met us out at the house later Wednesday afternoon. I had to run back in that afternoon to grab a late arrival. On the way back to the island house, we fished one floating structure and grabbed a keeper triple tail. What a way to start the vacation. Very little fishing the first evening, but fresh steaks and adult beverages certainly did not hurt. Got our game plan for Thursday and we sent the fleet out on the hunt. Did not find much till the wind dropped out later in the morning. We were fishing structures in 10 to 12 feet of water with live croakers and mullet. Found some really nice trout, but some big critters showed up to the party. While bringing in some trout we had several cobia swim right up to the boat. The boys simply dropped a couple of live croakers in front of them on the trout rods and we got a double hook up! Both fish were undersized, but still cool as hell to land both. Had a huge shrimp boil for lunch while we planned our afternoon. The big gars were rolling in the canal and had Mr William join me in the gar fishing derby. I got schooled, and he hooked and landed a huge one in just a few minutes.
The afternoon was some great weather and some fantastic fishing. We ran to the LA marsh and were met with flat calm seas. The bait and birds were as far as you could see. Our crew got to enjoy a great bite on school trout. We were slinging the Boat Monkey popping corks with soft plastics. Great afternoon bite, and did want to leave it, but the sun was sinking low. When we got back to the house the fresh trout was cooking in the grease. We learned that one of the other boats got into some trout and landed a keeper cobia.
Great couple of days out there with a super group of guys.
While we were packing up and heading in, Capt Kenny and Capt Jimmy Ray were putting a hurting on the fish. Capt Jimmy Ray was out with Team Mink in the LA Marsh. The boys did well, and got 65 specks, 11 reds and a bunch of bonus ground mullet. Capt Kenny was out there to, with Team Moore. They had a great day as well. Kenny put the boys on a whopping 100 trout, 12 reds and 2 triple tail. That was easily one of the biggest catches this year.
If anyone is going to be in the Jackson MS area this weekend, Shore Thing Charters will be at the Wildlife Extravaganza. Tons of stuff to see and do there for all things hunting and fishing. Friday is kids day(12 and under get in free). Come by the Shore Thing booth, say hi and lets talk fishing!
Here is the link for more info: