We are not even gonna complain about the bad the weather that went through this past week. Our friends to the West are dealing with record flooding. It would be in bad taste for us to complain about not being able to fish a couple of days. We hope our friends and family stay safe and are able to get back in their homes soon.
Last week we got to fish the "Mayor of Cat Island" Walter Gaudin a second time this year. He brought another batch of Grandsons in before school started. Tyler and Logan joined us and it was to be a big fish hunt. The boys were able to grab a few speckled trout before the big critters showed up. The first arrival was a small bull shark. Then the big Jack Crevalle made an appearance. We got a break in the weather and made the run to the LA Marsh. The first drain we pulled into was pumping out thousands of pogies. We made one throw with the cast, but only needed 4 baits. We set up in the deep water of the big drain and drifted our baits back to where the water was moving over the shallower flats. Four casts and we locked into 4 big Bull Reds, it could not have gone any better! Came in early so Walter could get back to Cat Island ahead of the weather.
The weather set in for several days, but once we got a break, we had one heck of a trip out to Cat Island. Magic Mike Jones with Mississippi Tourism and Development assisted in setting up this 4 day trip to the island. Chuck Smock with Cabela's was the other mastermind behind this adventure. The guest list was stacked with media moguls in the outdoor world. We had Joe Cremele, editor of Field n Stream. Ben Romans, editor of American Angler and Steve Quinn, Senior Editor of In-Fisherman Magazine. We were field testing some of the new spinning rods, spinning reels, fly fishing gear and Cabela's clothing.
Capt Kenny was fishing Chuck, Steve and Mike. Since I didn't have the T-top, I spent all 4 days with the fly guys, Joe and Ben. They were shooting a show for Joe's web show, "Hook Shots". The only thing the weatherman hates more than a video camera is a fly rod and he was mad at this crew. I gotta give it to these two, they worked their butts off to get the footage they needed. We still fished with the spinning gear, but the majority of our efforts were for big fish on the fly. The highlights of the trip had to be Ben putting a fly perfectly into an incoming pack of big bull reds. Joe got the entire event on camera! Later, Joe passed the camera and was able to get a fly into a pack of big jacks, punishing big schools of mullet. We chased that fish for ever, but finally got it in the boat.
We tried everything we could to show them as many different species offered on the MS Gulf Coast. Capt Kenny had a stellar morning, slinging top water baits over grass beds for trout, reds and big jacks. Both boats tangled with the big bull and black tip sharks that were terrorizing the acres of mullet around the island. Steve Quinn with In-Fisherman literally fought fish the entire trip. Steve was recently inducted into the fresh water fishing Hall of Fame, and it was a well deserved honor. Capt Kenny and Steve seemed to always land on big fish and Steve never took a break. We took them into Bay St Louis one morning to tangle with the big drum and reds. For several hours, it was one after an another. No one quit, we went till both boats ran completely out of bait.
It was some of the most challenging fishing we have had to deal with in a while, but we got it done and had a great time. All of the guys that came to the island were from either the mid western or the north eastern states. They were blown away we had this much going on down here on the "Redneck Rivera"!
We are looking forward to seeing the shows and articles in the coming weeks and months.
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