Since this past Saturday(5 Days), COLLECTIVELY the Shore Thing Charters fleet has brought in close to 900 speckled trout!!!! To top it off, Captains Kenny and Matt are out fishing this afternoon out of the Cat Island House.
The shrimp, minnows, pogies, and mullet have made a big showing in the LA Marsh, and the trout have been right under them. After the painfully slow year we all had last year, this has been a very welcome treat. Honestly though, things have not been right weather wise. The winds have still high most days, and the water in the MS Sound is still murky from the flooded rivers. With the way things are looking now, the sky is the limit as to how good this years trout fishing may be.
Capt Matt and I spent 3 days out at the island earlier this week with the LSU boys. Back for their second time, Mr Bo and his band of merry men were in it to win it. The first after noon and the last morning were where we did the bulk of the damage. We knocked the snot out of the trout, just chasing diving birds in 3-5 feet of water. The big jumping shrimp kinda told you where to cast. The middle day, the winds were up, but out guys did not miss a second of fishing. Matts crew was drifting gass beds around the island. My guys were hitting every point, drain and current line we could find. Live shrimp or cocahoes under the Boat Monkey Popping corks were the most effective. Some were caught on artificial though. We still had good action, and even added flounder and red fish to our fish pile. The last morning, we had to stop fishing. We had maxed out our trip limit. Boat Monkey popping corks, 2 foot leaders and Matrix shads did all the damage. As expected, Chef Frank "From da Westbank, The Real Deal" McNeil brought his A-Game. We were treated to jumbo boiled shrimp, corn and crab bisque, plenty of fresh friend trout, chicken an sausage gumbo and all the finger foods you could imagine. Gotta thank my old buddy Dr Trey Sutton. I ran into him the day before we left for the island. He tightened me up with a big ole chunk of fresh cobia he had caught the day before. Frank breaded that sucker up and it was out of this world. You da man Dr Trey! My mom (Sissie) sent her usual care package of goodies. We had fresh baked cakes, home made buckeyes. spicy crackers, garlic bread, and a few other goodies. Love you Mom!
While we were staying fat and happy out at Cat Island, the boys back on the Day trips were slaughtering the fish. Capt Joey put on a clinic with the Kouba boys, they had some stud trout. True to form, Capt Darren and the World Famous Doll House Family came in with their limit way early. Darren said a few of them had to sit down and take a breather, the fishing was soo fast. Their is no telling how much damage these boys could have done, if we had a decent deal of cards on the weather Monday. With winds in the 20mph range, the day trips rescheduled for a better forecast. Tuesday, we had the boys out in full force. Me and Matt joined the ruckus via Cat Island. We had 5 of our 6 boats working in the same little area. Using the wind and the trolling motors, the guides were able to stay with in range of the fish, and not scatter the schools. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of when everyone works together and plays nice....
Today was not as fast n furious, but all the crews returned with a mess of trout. Capt Darren has been having the hot hand with the Nash boys. They have filled the boat 2 days in a row! Capt Alex got the first triple tail of the year for Shore Thing! We have seen a couple the last few weeks, but they have been skittish to us. I had Nathan and Billy Guice on board today. We got our trout over birds and oyster beds. No real big fish, but healthy school trout. On the way home, we saw 4 small triple tails! Only got one to take to a bait, and he spit the hook. The Guice boys are ate up with triple tail fishing, and they will make those fish pay dearly for messing up Billys Birthday trip. Happy Birthday Billy Guice!!!
Hopefully the good bite will continue, the fishing should only get better. No one owns these fish or any spot out there. We try to be courteous to other anglers, and we hope everyone will do the same. There are plenty of fish out there for all of us. Join us on a trip or get there on your own boat. Either way, please respect everyone, even the knuckleheads. Just enjoy it, have fun and please be safe. Thanks
****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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