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6 Days at Cat Island, and a bunch of Day Trips (LOTTA PHOTOS)!!!

 

When mother nature is half way decent to us, the fishing has been enjoyable. No way in heck we are gonna hit on every trip, but here are some of the high lights over the last week. The boys ended last week with a BANG! Last Friday, several hundred speckled trout hit the cleaning tables. While me and the mighty Capt Matt were getting ready things ready at the Cat Island House, the rest of our fleet was in knock down drag out trout brawl. Several of the boats hit the triple digit mark, and the ones who didn't were carrying less than 4 people(25 trout per head). When David Jones and the boys showed up, we headed right over to the LA Marsh to pick up where the day trip boys left off. Local tooth yanker, Dr Trey Sutton was a welcome sight. He opted to take his own ride to the island, via his 22 panga. He made a few stops along the way and brought some tasty house warming gifts. Dr Trey showed up with 3 slot reds and a big ole fat cobia! That afternoon was to be the best weather we would see on our 3 day adventure, but even on the not so nice days we had fun. Since we had a pretty decent box of trout, we went after some big fish on the windy days. Where ever we could hide, we loaded down the boats with chum(lady fish, mullet, spots) and plenty of adult beverages for the boys. Matt an I let them have fun while we got the sharks, and jacks rolling behind the boat. When the sun started dipping low, we just eased back to the house and had a gourmet meal waiting on us.
True to form, Chef Frank "The Real Deal" McNeil, knocked everyone's socks off yet again. His boiled shrimp, etouffet, gumbo, and fresh fried fish were painfully delicious. We even brought pies, cakes, and homemade peanut butter cups, it was not a health conscious trip...
Back on land, the trips that did run were of the near shore variety. The trout fishing has been getting better and better everyday in close. The pogies, rain minnows and mullet have been moving in thick. I fished the tail end of that Jubilee last week and had trout smashing sand eels and shrimp on the surface of the water. One of the coolest things I have seen in a while. One of Capt Darrens near shore trips went straight from the boat to The Blind Tiger Restaurant (TBT) in downtown Bay St Louis with their catch of trout, red fish and sheepshead. TBT cooked their fish to perfection. I challenge anyone to find a fresher tasty seafood dinner on the planet. TBT has been hitting home runs with the fresh cooked dinners with the fish our customers have been bringing in. Thanks TBT!!!
We came in Sunday from Cat Island, and went right back out Monday with the Bodamer Boys. Paul gave his son Brandon this trip as a High School graduation present. They brought several Bodamer men and some family friends. Most of the crew flew in, so they were not keeping a lot of fish. With lingering summer time squalls, all of our fishing was done in an around Cat Island. I made the early run out to do a lil house cleaning. Actually, who ever makes the early morning run gets to fish the island at sun up. Actually was a decent bite. I was throwing a skitter walk and had one streak where I got 9 blow ups on 9 casts. Only caught 4 but it was nice way to enjoy the solo sunrise. Somehow, "The Mayor of Cat Island", Walter talked me into cutting grass around the house. For anyone who has ever wondered about weed eating at Cat Island, it is painful. Sand spurs, aka Rock-a-Chaws launched into flesh from a weed eater at Mach 6 will just about bring you to tears.
Capt Kenny was joining me and Chef Frank this go round. The entire 3 day trip was a competition with these guys, and it kept things fun. Every outing, they were competing for the biggest and the most fish. Young Brandon claimed plenty of biggest and most titles. Some of the bull reds that these guys caught were into the 40 inch club. The sharks were a crowd favorite, and they were plentiful. Several of the guys in the crew said they were biggest fish they had ever caught! We had some black tips over 75 POUNDS! Capt Kenny even nabbed an undersized cobia drifting one bar on a chunk of lady fish.
Most of the pictures we post, the guys send via text messages. While we were out at the island, I got a picture sent that got a pretty good smile out of me. Capt Jimmy Ray was fishing with Mr Harlen Massey. Capt Jimmys dad is hunting buddies with Mr Harlen. The picture was of Capt Jimmy and his dad sitting over a mountain of trout. Very seldom do we guides get to enjoy this great fishery with our own families. For Jimmy to have his dad on the boat must have been one heck of a treat. Nice work J-Ray!!!
Even in the wind and rain, the boys have been putting together nice boxes of fish. Capt Alex called us all in on a bite that had flounder, red fish, speckled trout and black drum on a recent near shore trip. Rumor has it, Cliffe Laborde dialed in a pretty good puppy drum bite?... Capt Darren and the Wrecker boys were pitching live shrimp deep under the Boat Monkey Popping corks. We watched some pretty nice fish fly over the side of his boat. Young "Clarkie" was after big fish, so we left that bite with a few flounder in tow. He has caught big sharks and big triple tails with me, his dad and Grandpaw. We introduced him to the Sea Monster black drums today. He was a trooper, and caught some pigs but he was flattened when it was all over.
As usual, we are just playing the hand we get dealt when it come to weather. If its bad, we either wait it out at the dock, reschedule or cancel. If it is rough but do-able in close, we try to offer that option. When it is nice, we make the long run, and cover as much ground as we can.
Safe to say there is gonna be some boats out this 4th of July of weekend. Please be safe and courteous to other boaters and fisherman. Be mindful of your wake, and if you think you are too close to someone you probably are. DMR will be out in full force, so make sure if you gonna be drinking to have a designated driver. Yall get out there, catch some fish, and have some fun!!!
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