Still don't know how we pulled off fishing this past week, but somehow we made it work. Earlier in the week we had the crew from Gulf South Outdoors back on the boat. Our last trip to the marsh was less than stellar, and we wanted to get some more fish for the TV Show. Frank Wilem, his daughter Brittney, and Camera man Tom were back for round 2. This go round, we opted to stay in close and fish the near shore reefs. Only took us two hours to get what we needed. It was awesome, we got plenty of footage of sheepshead, trout, and some huge drum. The real fun happened at the cleaning tables... For what ever reason I bet Frank I could clean a sheepshead in 15 seconds. Guess we will just have to wait the show to see how that bet turned out?
Over Mardi Gras weekend, my JT Rowell was in town. I had been giving him weather reports since Tuesday, and he asked was if we could find fish somewhere protected? JT has been on some amazing trips with us over the years. He has been on red fish slaughters, speckled trout smack downs, and some near shore bonanza's. The boys knew it was nearshore fishing with that forecast, but they were in it to win it.
Since last Saturday the winds were forecasted due North and Sunday the winds were due East, we knew we could hide. Even in protected waters, the winds were screaming. It was never rough where we fished, but it made things very tricky. Casting and keeping the belly out of your line was a constant struggle. JT, Paul, Zach and Gauge were freakin troopers. They did not once back down from the challenge. We were able to work some reefs and bridges, and luckily the fish were hungry. We loaded the boat both days with a pile of sheepshead, black drum, and even had a nice mix of specks, whites and ground mullet. Every single fish came off of live shrimp on Carolina rigs. Fishing the jagged structures, we must have retied 50 of them. Both days, JT caught a big black drum right at the end of the trip. The one he caught on Saturday looked to be in the 40-50 POUND range. Both days, from first cast to last was some of the toughest fishing conditions I've seen in a long time. Hats off to JT and the boys for putting in the work and making it fun.
During the week, Capt Kenny was giving it his all in, on the near shore trips. He was lucky enough to fish with the Shore Thing founder, Capt Mike Thompson and his two sons Mitch and Charlie. Now a Lawyer, Capt Mike needed a quick trip with his boys and even he knows it is much easier to take a charter. Mitch and Charlie have been fishing since they could crawl. The boys put a smack down on some nice trout and sheeps with Capt Kenny. Later, Capt Kenny had Andy and Houston for a little near shore fun. Despite the never ending wind, Kenny was able to put them on fun filled afternoon of hard pulling sheepshead and black drum. Since they played the wind, and left from Pass Christian, they were able to fish in nice calm water.
We had a two boat shindig over this weekend, and boy was it a rowdy crew. Capt Kenny had the In-Laws on the water with us. Two boat loads of fun loving aunts, uncles, and friends. We had a little bit of competition going, but the bite was slow to start. Both boats had a couple sheeps and drum to start but it got tougher as the winds picked up. Capt Kenny was able to get his boat positioned to make it work in the wind. They called us over and both boats went to cranking on the fish. Every bit of the damage was done on shrimp on the bottom. My crew was Marian, Suzy, Debbie and Patrick(The party boat). In the last hour or so of our day, we were able to load both boats down with big sheepshead, red fish, black drum and even a flounder. It was one of the loudest and most fun bunch of folks we have had out in a while. Think- If Cyndi Lauper ever made a fishing show. Hey, "Girls just wanna have fun"...
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