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Week of rain, superb FISHING and a little time at the CAT ISLAND HOUSE

Despite mother natures best efforts, we had boats on the water every day this past week. Yes, it rained most everyday, and yes we let our customers know what to expect. Had a few die hards willing to tough it out and fish close to home. I think every customer we had on the boats this week came dressed for the occasion, with full rain slicker suits. We are brutally honest with our weather reports, and let everyone know we would be fishing minutes from the launch in case of bad weather. Some trips left late to let storms pass, others came in to let weather go through and went back out to finish what they started. Jumping though hoops, the guides brought in some impressive catches and earned their money this week.
Going to the marsh was never an option, but with the fishing so good in close, who cares? We go through this Spring Shower stuff every year, this year its just a little wetter than normal. Things will get back to normal soon enough, but in the mean time we have been making the most out of it.
Thursday I think was the only day we did not get wet this week. We also did not cast a pole on our trip either. Capt Kenny and I took 11 folks out to the Cat Island House to do a little sight seeing. We got to spend a couple hours playing on the island, which is always fun. The large crew had their fill, and we headed home with a nice ride both ways.
Friday the meat sticks came out. We had 6 boats out and everyone was out for blood. Capt Ray had the Martin crew. My man Mike Wooten with Overhead Doors brought down 4 boat loads of workers. They have been with us before and these guys are hard core. Captains Kenny, Darien, Jimmy Ray and our last minute savior Capt Brian put on a 4 hour clinic with these guys. I had an old school regular by way of Destin, FL Judge Kelvin Wells and his buddy Ben. We were the last ones to the party, but when we pulled up it was a sight to see. All the boats were working together on a reef in 8 feet of water. It was hard to pick a spot to set up on, because it looked like every boat had fish on! Capt Brian had two rods doubled over with nice slot reds on, so we buddied up next to him.
The water was rough and dirty, we also had a storm building to the south but the fish just kept on snappin. I kept looking down the line of boats, and all you could see was landing nets flying around, it was just a fun day out there. Looked like everyone had the same attack plan for rigging, just shrimp on the bottom rigs. The water was so freaking dirty you had to get something smelly down there and just let it bring them in. You could almost watch the fish moving around from boat to boat. Had we not been so busy on our boat fighting fish, it would have been neat to just enjoy the show. Mother nature put a stop our good time, but we all got a mess of red fish, puppy drum, sheepshead, big sea monster black drum with just a couple trout and flounder. I did not leave from our dock, so I was the only one who got to clean fish in the rain. Making matters worse, the FIVE boats that left from our dock got treated to deer sausage hot dogs on the grill! Of all the days to leave from another launch...
All of our trips bailed for Saturday, but that did not keep our guides from getting on the water, or Island I guess? The Cat Island house is pretty much booked every week from now until mid July. We have been putting off our Spring Cleaning trip out there since everyone has been fishing, and Saturday was our only option. What a motely crew we had out there in the rain. Joining me were: Captains Kenny and Darien, Kenny's wife Jesse, Home owner Dr Don Gaddy, Chef Frank "From da Westbank the Real Deal" McNeil, and the Mayor of Cat Island Walter Gaudin. We went through the entire house, yard, deck, dock and every where in between. Just about everyone who goes out there (us included) leaves something. Overtime, this stuff becomes junk, clutter and in the way. We went at that house like a pack of spider monkeys. We filled up three boats with stuff to be hauled back to the mainland and or dumpster. Not what any of us wanted to do on our day off, but it is what needed to be done. Rain actually let up most of the day, and it is hard to complain being out at the island house. Chef Frank even made us venison burgers for lunch! To top it off, when we got back to the Boathouse (where we store our boats), Sid Leblanc, John "Bo John" Fagan, and Wally Thurmond had just laid out a fresh batch of crawfish on the table. Tough day at the island, but still a good way to end it.
We have an incredible life down here on the water, sometimes you just gotta suck it up and do whatcha gotta do...



****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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