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Fish stories and scary stories from the last week an a half.

The boats have been running all over the place the last few weeks. We have had our fair share of windy days. The trout fishing did somewhat slow with the dirty choppy water, but on the calmer days, it got much much better. From the LA Marsh, to Lake Borgne, to the near shore reefs, to the Bay, to Cat Island, the boats have not had much of break. Gonna try to tell some of the stories, but there is no way we can recap all of it. The guides have run 30-something trips since the last report, so here are some of the highlights.
We had Trent and the boys from Interior/Exterior in town for two days. 9 guys on 3 boats were out to have some fun in the Sun. We did one day in the LA Marsh and one day in the Bay. I honestly think they had more fun in the Bay than anything. We did see a few trout, some reds, a few flounder and tagged some triple tails down south. The newcomers were blown away with the size of our drum and how close to the beaches they were catching them! Over the two days, the boats covered some water, and it was not the calmest conditions we have fished in. The best tactic in the marsh in the less than perfect conditions was fishing with the Boat Monkey Popping Corks. Using either a live shrimp 18 inches under it on the 1/0 kahle hooks or keeping the plastics on and tipping them with dead shrimp. The birds were working in a few spots, but very few of the trout measured. The bridges and reefs for the drum in MS waters were all dead shrimp on the bottom rigs.
Got to fish Nathan Guice and his boys twice this week. The first trip, it was just his youngest son Deacon. It was his choice what we got to do. He wanted to catch "big stuff". We fished in close for the mutant sea monster black drums till he begged us to stop. Deacon, with a lil help from Dad, put one in the boat that had to be close to 45 POUNDS! Deacon asked if we could try for some sharks, so we scooted out to Cat Island. While we were catching a few lady fish for bait, we decided to drift some chunks of bait through the feeding fish. Took all of 5 minutes before the first bull shark hit. The first one did not break the triple digit mark, but it looked to be around 70 or so pounds. A few minutes later we hooked one in the 50 pound range(both photo and release). Deacon was spent after that so we started to head in. He told us to stop if we saw a triple tail. The only thing we passed on the way in had a fatty on it. One live shrimp and one cast was it took to land a plump 21 incher.
Two days later his older brother Tyler, 2 cousins Hunter and Austin joined Deacon and Nathan for round 2. The Sea monsters were not a problem this time. Austin is college bound, so we put him to work on the bigger ones. It was rougher that morning, but got calmer as the day went on. We eased back out to Cat Island and found our schools of lady fish. Big brother could not let little brother have the bragging rights in the house. No shark mixed in with the lady fish this time. While we were firing the Boat Monkeys into the feeding the fish, the big Jacks and Bull reds came up to the surface to smash them. Got to do it all on light tackle! Missed more than we caught, but the little guys had a freaking ball. Got chased in by a storm, but most of the boys slept on the ride in.
Saturday, the Silver Slipper Casino booked 7 of our boats for a VIP Fishing Tournament. Gotta give it to the folks there, they know how to have a good time. The night before, they hosted a Captains party for all the guides and fishermen and employees involved in the Tournament. They had categories for biggest trout, red, most fish, least fish and few others. Capt Darrens crew won for biggest trout. Capt Brians boat got biggest red. Capt Kennys boat was the Cinderella story of the day. They did not know that black drum was not allowed for biggest fish. It had to be a "big fish" from the other categories. They loaded the boat with puppy drum and brought in a huge sea monster. Turns out, that even though they had plenty of take home fillets, the fish did not count towards the big fish category, or any category for that matter. In turn, they actually won for least amount of weighed fish. The prize was the same as first place, and crew was thrilled. Very nice that all of this took place seconds from the Silver Slipper Hotel and Casino in Bayou Caddy.
Got to spend Fathers Day weekend with some of our most favorite regulars. Got to spend Saturday with "The Mayor of Cat Island", Walter Gaudin and his family. His sons Dano, Gino and grandson Baylor were along for the day. Baylor called the shots, so again it was a day of big fish. He got to catch his biggest drum ever. Since they were staying at the island house, we got a chance to fish around the island. We were actually trying to get sharks, but the big jacks were the only ones that wanted to play with us.
The best news of this last stretch has been the outstanding trout fishing! The last few days, most of our crews have been mopping up on keeper sized specks and big white trout. Capt Matt has been set up on some oyster reefs doing some damage to the trout. He has jigging drop shot rigs with incredible results.
We got treated to a wave of clean water and huge amounts of jumbo shrimp as well. The "Greedy Rigs" came out this week. When the bites kick into overdrive, break out the double rigs. It's all fun an games till someone gets a double lady fish or dual sail cats.
Had my old pal Ryan Morales and his lovely lady friend Alexandra in town early this week. Have not seen Ryan in almost 13 years. We did plenty of "catching up" over one of the best trout bites I have seen this year. Even went 1 for 2 on big triple tails on the way home. Alexandria had more fun on a big jack Crevalle than anything.
Capt Ray took Kirk Edrington and his dad out while the bite was still hot. They were able to get their limit with Capt"Slay" Ray. Ray is a big fan of the live shrimp under the Boat Monkey Corks.
Jimmy Marlowe and his sister-in-law Peggy slammed some nice fish Wednesday. We set up on one flock on birds/trout that were Pushing against a bank. Capts Matt, Darren, and Kenny all joined in on the skull dragging. We pulled the plug early, 10 fish shy of our LA limit. Reason being, was that we  were 10 fish over our Jimmy Limit. 30 trout or 10:30, what ever comes first when fishing with ole Jimmer.
Lastly, on a safety issue, had a scary thing happen Saturday morning in the Pass Christian Harbor. It was my first time using the launch on the East Side of the harbor(New Side). I launch my boat every day I fish. Just last year I launched my boat well over 200 times, at several different launches, without any issues. That launch appears to be a bit too steep, and had has ZERO traction. Once gravity took over, even with the parking break on, my truck just kept on sliding into the water. The junk in my truck saved me from totaling it. With my hand on the brake I was able to grab an old receiver hitch and chock the wheel to prevent it from going in the water(busted my butt getting out of the truck on the slick ramp). The launch was soo slick, after I was able to get my boat off the trailer, my tires were spinning with an EMPTY TRAILER. Picked the boat up, later that day, on the west side of the harbor(Shaggys Side). I heard 2 other trucks have already taken the plunge at that launch. Hope this issue gets fixed quickly before someone gets hurt.
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