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5 DAYS AT CAT ISLAND!!! Tons and Tons of pictures with report!!!!


All go no quit, but having a ball! We are at that point in the year where it's just too hard to keep up with every detail. Just gonna do a greatest hits compilation and let the pictures fill in the gaps. Here we go!....
Capt Kenny and I spent 5 DAYS at the Cat Island house last week with the Encompass crew.(Bill, Jeremiah, Seth, BJ, Paul, Scott, Steve, and Jerry). This is their 3rd time back at Cat Island. They spend a couple hours fishing in the AM and PM, then spend almost all day in meetings. With just a couple hours a day to fish, we made one heck of a showing. The winds and clock kept us close around the island, but the fish were there. We chased birds for our trout. The water was clean on the leeward sides and the bait was thick. Boat Monkey popping corks, 2 foot leaders, and Matrix Shads did all the damage. When the water was up, and moving we jumped back into the bayous and canals. The slot reds and flounder were very good to us. One small drain we put both our boats in yielded 8 flounders in about 20 minutes! When we could get through the rat reds, the slot reds were good. The rats were plentiful though. I made 6 casts and caught 6 rats on one bank. We used Boat Monkeys, 16 inch leaders and and live cocahoes for the reds n flounders. 
While they were in meetings, Kenny and I explored the island for "treasure". The beaches were full of trinkets. We found buoys, drift wood, buckets and animal skulls. In between we got to see Eagles, Ospreys, alligators, snakes and even saw a squirrel on the island. The food was out of this world. We had jumbo shrimp that Chef Frank boiled, bacon wrapped, and made fettuccini. We had steaks, blackened red fish, cheese burgers, poboys, and fried trout. The desserts and truckers breakfast were enough to knock your sock offs.
Seas were bouncy on the departure and the return, so we called in a favor to Capt Kevin and the Blind Tigers 32 foot Twin Vee catamaran, "Tigger". The Encompass crew was shuttled to and from the island in style. That boat is an absolute beast, and the boys loved the smoother than silk ride of the big cat boat.
Before we left for Cat Island, I was able to run Mr Dean Taylor and his son in law Steven for a quick trip in the Bay. Winds were a blistering 25mph but we smashed a 3 man limit of reds in no time. The Okuma spinning reels were put to the test, but playing the wind, we were able to launch live shrimp against one point and get the entire limit. It was challenging to fish, but once we go the rhythm down, it was easy work.
While Kenny and I were out there the boys were playing in the wind. They were able to knock the snot of the fish on the near shore trips. They were slaughtering the reds, sheepshead, drum, flounders, and trout. Being able to move around town and launch with our Sport Trail trailers allows us to make the absolute most of a windy day. 
Capt Matt was joined by the one only Capt Kyle Jarreau. The "old man" has still got it. Those two snuck out to the LA Marsh and put on an old fashioned Skull dragging and came in with 50 speckled trout. We sure do miss having Kyle around, but it's always a treat to see our friend Kyle. 
We were able to run a massive trip over the weekend, compliments of the Silver Slipper Casino, right next to our dock in Bayou Caddy. We had 9 boats and 33 VIP's from the casino. Capt Kennys crew won the mini tournament for the most trout and the biggest. My boat took home the red fish award. It was some kind of haul, and awesome weather! Can not thank the good folks at the Silver Slipper Casino enough for all they do for Shore Thing Fishing Charters, THANK YOU!!!!
Another massive THANK YOU to Mr Steven Trellis at THE BOATHOUSE. I am heading back out to the Cat Island House in the morning and had some serious boat issues. My man Steve was putting in some OT at the Boathouse, dropped everything he was doing and helped me pull wrenches to get the Hydra Sports spinning like a top. I can honestly say(fishing the last 4 weeks straight with one day off) that we could not fish as hard as we do without Team BOATHOUSE. You guys are the best, THANK YOU!!!
The Shore Thing boats are running everyday and the Spring Fishing is in full swing. Fishing has been light years better than this time last year. We are looking forward to some good days out there. Hope yall can join us. Thanks
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