Spent most of last week down in St Petersburg doing some work with the Gulf Council. Caught the late flight home and met the boys early Friday to head to Hattiesburg. The Sportsman show was a great time, we gave it two thumbs up. Saw a pile of old customers and hopefully met plenty of new ones. There was lots of stuff to do for the kiddos, they had the most fun out of anyone. Capt Matts son and my daughter went rock climbing, rode the mechanical bull, took a spin in a monster truck, and went fishing in the trout pond. Very nice having our families up there, they seldom join all of us at these things.
Capt Tom was holding down the fort while we were up north. He said the north side of the marsh was full of dirty brown water. Once he found the clean water, the trout and reds were not far behind. Just hearing a good report of trout and reds coming to the dock was a treat.
After a couple of winks, Captains Matt, Alex, Kenny and myself hit the water on Monday. The other guys stayed in the bay and I was out in the LA Marsh. Sounded like they did great on the reefs and bridges. They all had boat loads of kids in town for spring break. The boats all came in with good hauls of puppy drum, sheepshead, reds, flounder and a few speckled trout. They were scattered all over the Hancock County shorelines, but happy to hear the fishing was good at most stops. Live and dead shrimp was the ticket for a good day in close for the three boats.
I was out in the marsh with the crew from Aqua Green fish hatchery. The last time they came we caught plenty of bull reds for them, but almost all were big females. This time we were after big healthy males. Finding fish was not the problem, Capt Tom gave me the keys to the castle. Finding the right size males was the issue. We must of released 15 fish before we found the magic three big boys we were looking for. The reds stood out like sore thumbs on the shell bottoms in clear water. We used the Boat Monkey popping corks and Matrix shads(lemon drop and opening night) to get them. Sight casting for those big reds has to be one of the cooler things we do, and it was good. Even got treated to a flat calm ride home.
Capt Kenny, Matt and Tom braved the elements to get in a few hours of fishing Tuesday morning. Only option was to fish in close with the rain on its way. They made it happen and all came in with great fish boxes of drum, sheepshead and trout. Seems like everyday the trout fishing is getting better and better. I know when we came in on Monday, the water temps were in the low 60's. Hopefully it will not be much longer before the trout fishing busts wide open. In the mean time, the near shore fishing is certainly keeping everyone busy. With the youngsters out of school for Spring Break, that is a great trip to take. With the short runs and steady action, it is certainly a great way to spend the day with the lil ones. ****SHORE THING Fishing Charters****
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