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26 mph winds and TWENTY ONE BULL REDS

From the Shore Thing Fishing Charters family, we would like wish everyone a very safe and happy Easter. Even though the last fishing trip was one of the most incredible ones of 2015 so far, it was not a safe one.
Got up very early on Thursday to get things ready for the Knoll crew (Bob, Beth, Jim, and Linda). They come every year in spring and we have had some great trips over the years. Judging from what the weather man was telling me and what I was seeing on the buoy reports, it looked ok. Even the usual tell tale flags and trees were not showing wind. Got everything ready, checked the reports one last time and headed over to the marsh. The ride over was choppy, hardly any spray and little to no pounding. When we got to the north end of the LA Marsh, it began blowing, really blowing. I set up behind a lee ward bank in a shallow bay. Only option was to drop the anchor. Luckily a few terns were working in the muddy water.
I had been hanging onto some large finger mullet from earlier in the week. Three lines went out with Boat Monkey Popping corks, rigged over soft plastics or live shrimp. The fourth one we threw out had the big live finger mullet. The poor mullet barely got wet before it got mauled. Every mullet there after was killed by a bull red. Some of them even got used twice and caught two bull reds.
I was able to get a signal, so I checked the buoy at Grand Pass in the Marsh. The buoy was showing winds at 26 mph!
Thank God we were able to catch fish where we were at because moving around was gonna be tough. Bob brought some antelope summer sausage for lunch, that helped pass the time too. When we ran out of mullet, we had boated 21 bull reds. Several had broke the lines, but very few spit the hook. We kept some of the smaller ones, so they could put them on the grill.
We were able to hug the shore line and fish in a deeper canal with the live shrimp. I was really hoping the winds would lay a little for a safer ride home. While we waited, we caught several nice sheephead, rat reds, and many trash fish. The winds only dropped to 22mph and thankfully it was out of the south. Thankfully there was no tide so we took a following sea the entire way home. I texted the guides on land to let them know we were heading in, and what time to expect us. Even radioed the Boat House in Lakeshore to keep them posted. Got home quicker than we anticipated, they even enjoyed the rollercoaster ride.
I don't want to scare anyone about fishing here, far from it. I just want folks to know that we don't KNOWINGLY bring people out into conditions like that. If the weather is bad, and the seas are rough, we don't go out! The wind has been howling over the holiday weekend and we have been seeing boats being trailered all over the place. I just hope people are being careful and not putting their families and friends in harms way because it is the only day they can get on the water. We had to reschedule many many trips this weekend and lost a huge paycheck.
When this front goes through, the weather will get much better and those fish will be there. The way things are looking, it looks like we are gonna have one heck of a Spring fishing season. Watch your weather, play it safe and please just be careful.
****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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