Last year we did a report over the winter offering some help for folks that might need some help. The info below is the names of the people we use for service equipment that keep our guides working. Collectively, our guides spend well over 800 days a year on the water and these are the people that allow us to do that. Now is the time of year to get your boats, reels, trailer, trolling motors, electronics, and tackle serviced. So far, it looks like we may get a mild winter, which means early Spring Fishing!
I bought a new Yamaha 300hp outboard from ATLANTIC MARINE(228-467-2847) in Bay St. Louis, MS this year. Bobby an Emily Lamb made the process painless. They worked with my crazy schedule for the installation and rigging. Atlantic Marine can do warranty and service work too. Very pleased with the work, service and purchase.
For several years, many of the Shore Thing boats are stored at THE BOATHOUSE in Lakeshore, MS. Sid Leblanc and his team have been working on our boats for many many years. The rigging, service and general TLC these guys do for us, keeps our boats working day in and day out. From oil changes, water pumps, VHF, bilge pumps, power poles, etc they have helped us with all of it.
We have been extremely pleased with SHAMPS(228-234-6131) Trolling Motors in Long Beach, MS. We use our trolling motors all day, everyday and they get punished. Randy is a miracle worker.
ALL of the Shore Thing boats ride on SPORT TRAIL (228-467-1885) trailers, made in Waveland, MS. We trailer and launch every single day, and have never ever missed a day of work because of our trailers. Kevin and the gang at Sport Trailer are the best in the world at what they do. From small skiffs to 40+ footers, they can custom fit any trailer. We are very lucky to have these guys right down the road from our home port.
Still using RONNIE'S REEL REPAIR(228-323-0157) in Bay St. Louis, MS. We have brought Mr Ronnie some reels that were in horrific shape. I have no clue how he works his magic, but he gets it done. He works on all makes and models.
Okuma is our go to reel company. They came out with a great spinning reel this year, the CEYMAR, that we think is going to be a game changer. We still use the RTX, TRIO, HELIOS, EPIXOR and V series spinning reels. Okuma makes incredible baitcasters, but we seldom use them on charters.
MATRIX soft plastics are on all the boats. Locally made in Slidell, LA simply put they work!
A large part of our trout and redfishing is done under popping corks. The best popping cork we have found is made by BOAT MONKEY FLOAT COMPANY. They just went the extra mile on these and used better components, that make them last longer and pop louder.
Parts and Supplies
A&A Marine Hardware (228) 452-5600) in Pass Christian, MS near the Pass Harbor has a good selection of hard to find marine supplies. Very courteous staff, and if they don't have it, they can order it. Great place for all you do it yourselfers.
****SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS****
ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, 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. We have many 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.
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