Thursday through Saturday we had 20 boat loads of people out! Thursday and Friday we had a huge corporate trip from Black Oak Gin Company, out of Arkansas. These cotton farmers were up for anything and the weather dictated both days fishing locations. The winds were still blowing Thursday morning, so we opted to wait till the afternoon to take the boys out in the Bay. Had to bring in some help but we got 7 boats out. Myself, and Captains Kenny, Matt, Alex, Darren, Brett and Tom left from the world famous Bay Marina. We had boats scattered all over the coast and Bay but we made a good showing of it. The water has been pretty dirty in close from all the rain, but we just had to stick and move. Capt Brett found even a few nice trout at the reefs, some reds too. Capt Matt and Kenny did well on the slot reds fishing some shore lines near the river. The rest of us worked on the sheepshead and puppy drum. Got in late in the afternoon, but sent the boys to grab some dinner while we cleaned a pile of fish.
Friday was much nicer weather so everyone went to the marsh. Capt Jimmy Ray got joined the gang headed across. I had to head out the islands to look for bull reds for the fish hatchery. Seas were calm so we headed out to Ship and Cat Island. Water was very clean on East ship island, but did not see any bulls. The black drum were pretty thick, and we had some fun sight casting to them. Never found the big schools of bulls, and only saw a few singles. I realized while fishing East Ship Island, that I had not been out there since the early 1990's. I only remembered it because I went to a Pink Floyd concert later that evening(Division Bell Tour). Long day and we struck out on the bulls. The other 4 trips I have made with the Aqua Green boys we got our limit of bulls every time. That made for the humble pie we ate very tough to swallow...
The 7 boats in the marsh we do a little bit of everything. Some were grabbing a few red fish. A few of the crews were picking through some specks, and others were doing battle with the mutant sheepshead. Some of the crews came in early, but most made a full day of it. The guys that found the trout said they were sporadic. They were trying to call each other in on bites, but they would end just as fast as they started. Finding the clean water has been the trick out there. With the shifting winds, the clean water keeps moving in an out of the marsh. Water has still been chilly, but every time the boats the boats have been over to the marsh, the trout fishing has gotten better and better.
Saturday we thought the rain might send us in early, but we were still able to get 5 boats out. Capt Darren was fishing with the Allen crew. Capt Alex was fishing with the Boulton crew. Myself, Capt Matt and Capt Kenny were fishing a very "animated" bachelor party from Georgia. I had the groom to be on my boat and was happy when he locked into a massive black drum. Excited to see the sea monsters have moved in for the spring spawn. 60 degree water seems to be the magic number for those brutes to show up. All three boats in the bachelor party group landed sea monsters. The boys wanted to be close together so they could scream words of encouragement, none of which I repeat on this site. They also has several "Team Building" exercises that involved them shot gunning adult beverages. Towards the end of our day we tied all the boats up together so they could just cut up with each other. Each boat only kept a few sheepshead and puppy drum for dinner. We called ahead to Shaggys Restaurant in Biloxi to let them know they would bringing fresh fish for them to cook. The party busses came and picked the crews up at the launch and lord only knows what kind of fun those boys got into that night? At least helped them get a great day on the water and a good meal that evening.
Captains Alex and Darrens crews both returned with a good box of sheeps and puppys. Just glad everyone caught a good mess of fish and no one got rained on.
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