First and foremost, we at Shore Thing Fishing Charters would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Easter!!! It has been one heck of a week. Between the fishing, the wind, the different locations, there has not been a dull moment.
Actually got a day off, kinda... My daughters school (Coast Episcopal Elementary) had a "Daddy, Dudes and Daughters Fishing Day". Hutson Lambert, with Pass Christian Yacht Club was nice enough to help host the event on the PCYC pier. Special thanks to Masha Medvedeva, and Anne Betz for helping put this amazing outing together. The winds were screaming and the waves were huge. The kiddos could care less, so us dads put on a show. It turned into an all out croaker challenge, and everyone had an incredible time. Just a great day to get the lil ones outside and have some fun.
We also got to help out our friends at the Blind Tiger Restaurant. Erin Rosetti, with VISIT MS GULF COAST, set the whole thing up. Our mission was to get some fish for them to have cooked up at TBT. Along for the ride were editors, writers and photographers from "Taste of South" Magazine. We needed to get a couple of fish for our "kill it and grill it" special with TBT. The magazine folks were featuring the fresh fish special in "Taste of the South". Windy as all get out, but we were able to get them plenty to eat and for their article. Deanna, Josh and Stephanie were troopers, and were psyched about catching their own lunch. We were able to get them fresh speckled trout, puppy drum, and sheepshead. They sent me a photo of their meal later that night, and said it was out of this world delicious. The fresh fish meal at TBT has become a regular occurrence for our customers, they freaking love it!!! Thanks TBT!!!
We put some serious miles on the Sport Trail boat trailers this week. We had boats scattered from Cat Island, to the Louisiana Marsh, to the Bay, to Bayou Caddy. The only way we made the trips work this week was brutal honesty and playing the wind. We never sugar coat the weather forecast, so we always have to offer options for our customers. Sometimes people take "Door #1" when the weather man is calling for high winds and big waves(Reschedule and or Cancel). We are happy to oblige with Door #1, heck we have rescheduled the same group 6 times before they have ever made their first trip. Weather dependent, there can be a "Door #2". When the wind and seas allow, we offer to take people on our Mississippi Near shore trips, where (weather pending) we fish the nearshore reefs, bridges, Bay, etc. Needless to say, we had plenty of Door #2 trips this week
Before the winds kicked up, Capt Darrien did get in a good day down in the LA Marsh. Capt D worked for his trout, but he put on a good show for the Toups Crew. He said they never really found a pile of fish, but a grabbed a few fish at every stop. He did say there was a pile of fish at every stop, but not many keeper fish. Shouldn't be much longer before the keepers sized sparkle trout are stacked up. In the mean time, there is Door #2...
Did get to do some sight seeing tours to Cat Island this week. My good friend Chris Walters and his girl friend Effie wanted to see the island. We fished a little bit, but mostly caught white trout and rat reds. The bulk of our day was spent beach combing. If you have never walked around Cat Island, you are missing out. It is the most amazing place, and only 7 miles away when you leave from Long Beach Harbor.
For the most part we spent the majority of the 15 trips we ran this week in MS Waters. Two of the trips we ran this week, we were able to pick the people off of their piers. The Gaffeny Crew and Clairborne crews had houses on the water with docks in the Bay. We simply arranged a time and had the boats pick them up from their houses, it is so convenient. If you are staying at house in the general area we are fishing, be sure and ask us for a pick up. If it is do-able, we will do it.
The nearshore fishing has been a blast this week. The big sea monster black drum have taken over. Our regulars have come to love these big mean critters. Being able to fight and land fish in the 40 PLUS POUND range, on light tackle is absolutely insane. The cool thing is, mixed in with these big brutes are red fish, puppy drum, sheepshead, and the occasional speckled trout.
We have been using the Okuma Inspira spinning reels in the 30 and 40 class, spooled with 20-30 power pro. Our leaders on the dropper loop rigs have been tied with 40 pound test mono. The weight we have been using depends on the wind and or current. If the seas are up, we use the 1 ounce, and when it is calmer, the 1/2 ounce bell sinkers. A good strong 1/0 live bait hook has been on the business end, with live or dead shrimp.
I am sure we will spending more and more trips over in the LA Marsh soon, but honestly, it is hard to leave this near shore fun. Big fish and eater fish minutes from the dock, will spoil you. Holler at us if we can help get yall out on the water. If we have a boat(s) open, its first come first serve. 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. Check out our Youtube videos: