From all of us at Shore Thing Fishing Charters, we would like to wish you and yours a happy, safe, prosperous and fishy 2014. We are still fishing, just watching the weather, trying to get out on the best days.
Capt Matt an I got in a few trips before the ball dropped. I fished in the Bay with Dr Watts and his crew on a windy Friday. Did not set any records but found a few puppy drum and sheepshead. The sheepshead have usually gotten thicker the colder it gets.
Right at the end of 2013, Capt Matt and myself jumped over to the marsh for a few days of great red fishing. The first run, Capt Matt made with the David Richards crew. Low, cold water put the Mighty Matt and the Richards crew deep in the marsh. They were looking for ponds that were holding enough water to get the boat into. When they found enough water, it was teeming with hungry slot reds. The crew did great in the ponds with the big packs of cruising reds. They had a boat load judging from the pile of heads they had at the dock.
After hearing Capt Matts excitement on the phone that evening, I had to ask where the pond was. He kind of gave me one of those, "I will show you answers", but did say two boats could work the area easily. He was true to his word, and we were there the next morning. Had a good crew from Columbus, MS(Lyndol and the boys). Very easy going group of farmers that really enjoyed the skinny water of the ponds. The water was very clear, but very very low. The fish were thick as thieves, but very skittish. Funniest thing I have had on the boat in while occurred after we spooked the first few fish. Alex(ll year old), had on a pair of dress cow bow boots. The thick heel of the boat did not agree with the fiber glass of the deck. His uncle jokingly told him to sit still or take them boots off! Well... my man Alex liked to move around, so he fished in his socks. I had on 5 layers of clothes and I was still chilly. That lil dude fished all day and did not say a word, tough young man.
Most everything came off of the Strike King Red Fish Magic spinner baits, all types of colors plastics. Capt Matts boat and ours, did get several on tight lined Maxtrix Vortex(opening night/chartreuse). Did get one off of the Boat Monkey Cork with a dead shrimp under it. Do not feel comfortable putting an estimate on how many fish we saw, but it was insane. Spooked 10 for every one we caught, they were all over. If you took your eyes off the water and looked up, it was covered up in ducks and geese. Just a cool day to be in the marsh.
Back at the dock, the two boat crew returned with 30 something reds, 1 drum and 4 lonely sparkle trout.
While I was typing this, got an email from Capt Kenny, he and his wife have been ringing in the new year down in Costa Rica. Judging from the picture of the 7 foot, 135 pound pacific sailfish he is holding, I would say he is having a good time. Pura Vida...
The finest inshore fishing on the entire MS Gulf Coast. Specializing inspeckled trout, red fish, flounder, triple tail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. With four boats available, small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for free! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206
Be sure and check our videos: