Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was another round of full houses. We had several larger groups not leaving the dock till afternoon. It was nice keeping boats on the water from sun up to sun down in hopes of staying on the fish. Monday and Tuesday the seas were decent and the fishing in the LA Marsh was pretty darn good.
Our good friend Mr Milton jumped on a boat last minute with Capt Tom and got treated to a limit of big spring trout on Monday. I was joined by Lonnie and Steve Foreman from North Carolina. They were not keeping fish so we got to fish in the LA Marsh and on reefs in the MS Sound. Found some good school trout bites under the birds in the marsh. They got to tangle with a bull red and got to feel the drag stripping on the big drums around the reefs.
Had 2 of our 7 boats out on Monday leave at the crack of noon. They were able to take advantage of the higher water and drift some bays that were not working for us in the lower water mornings. Capt Matt treated his crew to a nice mess of afternoon trout by playing the tide in the LA Marsh. All done on soft platics under the Boat Monkey Popping Corks. Saw the corks in A&A Tackle Shop in Pass Christian by the Pass Harbor today. Very cool store by the way.
Tuesday we had another 7 boats out, and all of them went to the LA Marsh. All boats caught trout and reds, but no one really found the magic spot. Capt Kenny had the Foreman crew for day two. He kept them busy, but it was a stick and move kind of day. I had my trained killers on the boat. Nathan and Billy Guice along with Charlie Caplinger really made a good showing. Every spot we fished we caught trout, but none were big numbers. Got over 40 trout in the box, but we had to work for every single one of them. Best bite of the morning got shut down when Nathan locked horns with a big bull red. Saw a free swimming triple tail on the way home. Lil guy would not let us get close to him, but was happy to see one in 71 degree, dirty water.
The Fitzpatrick crew was on their second day, with two boats out. Capt Tom and Brett were makin it do what do. The covered some water, but since moving was the best plan, they did well.
Lil breezy on Wednesday, so we kept all the boats in close. Wanted to give our crews the safest and most productive day possible. I was the only one that left early, and my guys got the entire Bay to themselves. Fellow St Stanislaus College Prep Grad, Shannon Garrett(1990), brought his Dad, Mr Sonny and their buddy Gary. Shannon has been doing well in Canada, playing in the CFL. In his career, he has won two Grey Cups(Superbowls). Got to catch up on the high school days, and hear about his football career, while we punished the black drum and reds. Even though Shannon is a banker now, I think we all lost count on how many fish we caught. Everyone had their fill on the big fish and we ended it our trip with the two biggest fish.
When we were pulling our boat out of the water, the rest of the Shore Thing Navy was launching. Captains Kenny, Brett, Alex and Darren all had afternoon trips. Kenny was rolling with the John Haynie crew, the rest of the fleet was with the SWANA corporate group. Judging from the endless picture text messages the Capts kept sending, it looked as though the fishing was just as good in the afternoon. They said a 37 pound drum won the bet for biggest fish. Pretty sure Capt Darrens boat landed the beast.
Had to reschedule a pile of trips Wed and Thur due to "unfavorable" fishing conditions. Just want our crews to get the safest and most productive charters we can. Even though the wind has been pumping the last two days, at least it is out of the south. Maybe it will bring herd of shrimp, triple tail with the warm salty water. Combine that with hot days and warm evenings, and you got something good waiting on you when this lays. Fishing has been good before this weather, but I would imagine it will kick into overdrive. Looking forward to a one stop shop trout bite and big tasty triple tail...
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