Let it blow, let it blow, let it blow...
Wind and waves have played a huge factor in where we have been fishing and what we have been catching. Still catching fish and having fun. Was able to get to the LA Marsh on Tuesday of last week with the Sanders crew. Mostly chased the reds in the ponds or shallow areas with either broken marsh and or drains. Most of the fish came off of the Boat Monkey popping corks with a soft plastic under them, tipped with a piece of dead shrimp. Did snag a few trout, and even landed a monster bull red. Finding trout at every stop, just having to work for the big numbers of keepers. Red fishing has been about as good as you want on the days the south wind does not flood the grass out there.
Did have a two boat trip with the Sliding Door crew from Hattiesburg, thanks to our friend Mike Wooten(Reel South Hunting). Capt Jimmy Ray took two boat loads of boys ready to fish on Saturday. The winds kept us in close, but we were able to find them a few fish. Caught a little of everything but had to work for it. The boys put in a full day and we caught flounder, reds, trout, drum and even a few ground mullet. Had plenty of room of in the fish boxes, but they put a big dent in the drank boxes... Long day, but we made the most of it.
Sunday had my buddy Brinn Jones and his buddy Jerry from Kosciusko, MS for the day. We were lucky enough to find some semi protected water along the shore lines close to home. Just did the grind but did put a nice box of reds and flounder together. The boys kept the hooks wet and made it work. Just tipped tight lined soft plastics all day long and worked shore lines focusing on points, drains and anything that looked different. Opening night seemed to be the color that worked best.
Capt Jimmy Ray was out with the Eastman crew and he focused his efforts on trout. They found plenty of action, but had to pick through em to make it work. He was flinging live shrimp, and kept busy. When we got back to the back we had to check the weather buoy at Grand Pass. Sure enough, the winds almost hit 30mph. Made the right call staying in close, and had a good mess of trout, reds and flounder to show for it. Never got wet or got pounded all day, calling that one a win.
Monday is was one of those days we look forward to all year long. 13 of our nations finest joined us for a Soldiers Angels/Wounded Warriors Fishing and Fun Day. The world famous Bay Marina was our staging area. Just a great day on and off the water. 4 boats took out the men and women that have put their lives on the line for all of us. All the boats stayed in the river and Bay. We fished the Jourdan, the reefs, the bridges and the marshes. Some of the boats brought in some monster river trout. I think everyone got to do battle with the puppy drum and sheepshead. Did see some really nice flounder and even a couple slot reds. Never keep score on days like that, but it was decent haul of fish for the troops.
True to form, The Southern Anglers of MS(SAMS CLUB) had an absolute feast waiting for us back at the marina. Wally Thurmond, aka the Boss of the Sauce had fried fish, pastalaya, seafood gumbo and too many fixings to type. I can tell you this, about 50 people ate and their was plenty of left overs. Did get Ted and Ray from the Diamondhead Yacht Club to bring down two party barges. They treated a couple of Veterans from the VA Hospital in Biloxi to nice ride on the river. All in all, a great day on and off the water for some incredible human beings.
Gonna try and thank everyone, if I missed anyone, I apologize.
All the men and women of our armed services
Grammys Donut's and More(the Doughnuts were great)!
The World Famous Bay Marina(Bob and Diane Castoro)
Southern Anglers of Mississippi Fishing Club(Food, Drink and More)
Mrs Lenny Shiyou
Shore Thing Fishing Charters
Capt Matt Tusa
Capt Kenny Shiyou
Gotta Geaux Fishing Charters
Capt Tom Marzoni
The Pontoon Crew from Diamondhead Yacht Club
Biloxi Veterans Hospital and Staff
The Day Labor
A very special Thank You to:
Granny Jeane Greaser and Erica Cowart with Soldiers Anglers(event organizers)
Wally Thurmond(Food Coordinator)
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