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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The boats have been booked everyday, but we have gotten weathered out on a couple. On the days we have fished, the Spring time fishing has been very enjoyable. The guides have been taking out big corporate crews, bachelor parties, family crews and Spring Breakers. On the calmer days, many of the boats have been heading over to the LA Marsh. Regardless of the seas, most of the crews have gone on our shorter near shore trips.  The incredible near shore fishing has kept crews very entertained with the humongous sea monster black drum, plentiful sheepshead, keeper slot reds, and still seeing a few specks and flounder here and there.

The 4 boat Irvin crew was all over the MS Sound on Saturday. Capt Darren was the only boat that stayed on a steady bite all day. The rest of the crews started slow, but finished with a bang! When the smoke cleared, they ended with 84 Sheepshead, 15 flounder,  and liberal dose of red fish, black drum and speckled trout.

Me and Capt Kenny were out with the Hindsman bachelor party for their buddy Justin. They wanted some fish for dinner and to gamble for biggest fish. Early into the morning, I thought we had it wrapped up with a 3 foot long black drum. Capt Kenny fished along side us, so we could keep the wager fair. They beat us with a 37 1/2 inch sea monster black drum. In between the big drum, both boats put together nice boxes of sheepshead, drum, flounder and trout.

During the week, we got blessed with some amazing weather. Took advantage of the flat calm seas and went to the LA Marsh. Capt Matt covered plenty of water. I had three generations with the Carr Crew (Dwight, Kevin, Clay and Aaron). Started strong, putting the young spring breakers to work. They just about loaded the fish box with sheepshead before I made them pump the breaks. The trout had lock jaw, but the big sheepshead were thick. Gott a call from Capt Matt who was drifting shell bottoms and putting a few keeper trout on ice. He was with the Story Crew, party of 1, Mr Bill. Our crew only managed a few keepers, but Mr Bill nabbed 15 keepers before both crews went looking for reds. Once the water came up in the afternoon we were able to drift some shallow bays, absolutely infested with hungry bull reds. You could see the mud clouds in the water. Once you saw the clouds, you just casted and tried to hang on. We had many doubles and even a triple or two. Capt Matt and Mr Bill drifted the bay with us, and both crews got all they could stand. Our crew tapped out when we released our 14th bull red fish.

Tuesday, I had the Fisher Men, last name was "Fisher". Mr Dave, son-in-law Jim, and grand sons Augie and Evan. All the way from Minnesota, these boys were in for a treat. First cast of the morning and they were locked in with a sea monster. Lady luck stayed with the boys, especially young Augie. He just kept fish coming over side all morning. Big drum, keeper reds, puppy drum, sheepshead, and even a few ground mullet. They kept a few of the smaller ones for the grease, and gave the bigger ones the release.

Been trying out an Okuma Avenger 35 spinning reel. This a lower priced reel, that has handled big bull reds, huge drum, and other big critters without a hitch. Really have enjoyed my new favorite reel, the Okuma Caymus. Tough, light , and cast like a rocket.

Just makin it do what it do, and having a great time makin memories.

****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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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 @ 9:10:30 PM

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Speckcrusader

pass Christian, MS United States

In response to Yokum

Yokum,

The main site is the USGS water data site. The ones I referred to are listed below. It will be obvious which site is which when you go to them. There are many data stations/sites with varying data. The ones listed are applicable to my interests. The one at Grand pass is obvious as it is off of the western point, NNW side. The others are obvious as well.  I trust that this helps.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/uv?site_no=300722089150100

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/uv?site_no=301104089253400

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ms/nwis/uv?site_no=301429089145600

Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 6:03:53 PM

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Yokum

LB, MS USA

Hey SpecKcrusader, where do u get that data for
those locals you showed ! Pass Marianne, St
Joe lgt. and Grand pass. I see the bouy data for
bay/waveland yacht club, but not the others.
Thanks as this water temp, salinity info is the key
to the spring run. Thanks and tight lines..

Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 8:33:42 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The boats have been going strong and the fishing has been great. On the good weather days, we have been taking advantage of the calm seas and going to the LA Marsh. Some of the crews have still been staying in close, with good reason. The near shore fishing this Spring has been fast and furious.

I am sure I will miss some of the details from the trips we ran this week, but maybe the pictures will tell the rest of the story. Had a good buddy of mine on the boat Tuesday. The "Boat Monkey Boys" were on board for some incredible red fishing. Tommy an Asa Theus from Boat Monkey Float Company joined me for a fun day in LA Marsh. This father and son duo are the creators of the finest popping corks in the world. We got to talk shop all day about their plans for the company and really just got to talk fishing. We stayed back in the ponds, using the very high tide to our advantage. We were able to get way back in the ponds for a good day of catching slot reds, and just "Monkey Around".

Capt Matt was out in the marsh with us, but he was fishing open bays. Proud to report, he found a decent mess of speckled trout. Back at the dock, he had a bone to pick with the Boat Monkey Boys. He claimed their corks worked too well. Just when they were getting the trout rolling, they bull reds would move through and annihilate the popping corks. He said he lost 6 corks to hungry bull reds. Good thing Tommy and Asa left us a few extra. Capt Matt and the Hester crew had 26 keeper trout, several reds, and had plenty of throw back trout and bulls. When Matt was cleaning the reds, their bellies were packed slap full of sand eels. The reds we have been catching on the reefs in MS waters have been full of them too.

Capt Kenny has been putting in some time on the near shore reefs in MS waters. He has been running the heck out the 4 hour near shore trips. He has had crews wanting to fish mornings and some leaving in the afternoons. Mrs Regina and her crew left Florida early Wednesday morning and was working on black drum, sheephead and trout just after lunch time. Capt Kenny put all four of them on a big spring time sea monster black drums.

Father daughter duo, Jenny and Jeff were back again. They got treated to picture perfect weather, and some incredible red fishing. We have caught a bull red or two together, but never this many bull reds. They even caught bulls on their 2nd and 3rd casts of the morning! We found a few keeper trout, technically the best trout catch of 2015 for my boat 12 keepers. Most of the day was spent fighting big bulls though. Jenny and Mr Jeff landed 11 big bull red fish!!!

Most of the weekends for the next 3 months, we have very few boats still open, some are booked solid. In time, the weekdays will be harder to get on a boat. If yall want to reserve something, just let us know. 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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 8:17:34 PM

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Speckcrusader

Baton rouge/Pass Christian, LA USA

For information, Current water temperatures and salinity levels at some of the local data stations follow:
Grand Pass- 69F, 11.7 ppt...has been fluctuating up to a recent max of 17ppt
Pass Marianne-69.5F, 17.4 ppt
St. Joe Island Light(near Half Moon)- 69.5F, 11.9 ppt..has been fluctuating to a recent max of 14 +/-
Bay St. Louis (BWYC)- 70.2F. No salinity instrument at that station.

As Captain Sonny notes, sea temps need to be consistently reading in the 70's...close , but consistency not there just yet. And temps will be lower for a couple of days coming up.

It's getting real close.

David

Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 7:08:45 PM

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speckhunter

Huley, MS USA

Capt. Sonny thanks for the reply and
the info.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 6:32:29 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Speckhunter,

Even though we ALWAYS look for triple tail, we usually don't start seeing them until the water temp is in the low 70's. The water has reached those temps, but it has not been sustained. It needs to get warm and stay warm.
Last year the first one I saw was in Mid April, but it is much warmer much earlier this year.
I don't think it will too much longer before the first ones start showing up. The guys over in Ocean Springs and Biloxi normally start seeing them first and we will be a week or two behind over here on the west side. Hope this helps. Good luck
Also, gonna try and get a report up in the next day or two. Fishing has been awesome the last few days. Standby...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 7:43:12 PM

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Early

BSL, MS USA

Was at Cat Island last weekend.  Still no trout.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 1:04:08 PM

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CCA Mississippi

Gulfport, MS USA

Fishing Seminar

The CCA Mississippi Biloxi Bay and Horn Island Chapters are sponsoring a fishing seminar on Thursday night at Ocean Marine Group​ in Ocean Springs. This is a great way to pick up some tips and tactics for the upcoming season with great insights from Capt. Ronnie Daniels of Fisher-Man Guide Service​, Capt. Chris Bush, Capt C-Bo with Charter Boat Spray Ya Later​, and Capt Peace Marvel (tentative) Peace Keeper Charters. The DMR will also be on hand to discuss the new mandatory snapper reporting requirements for MS.

Great info, door prizes, dinner and more. Please join us and bring a friend. Additional information available at www.cca.ms. or https://www.facebook.com/events/1381492925504626/

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 10:45:22 AM

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speckhunter

Huley, MS USA

Capt. Sonny,
  When do you all start seeing the
triple tail show up? Do you look at
water temperature or what?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 3:14:50 PM

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Fliesforever

Bay St. Louis, MS USA

Just wanted to make a "shout out". Sid and the Boatshed are the best. Had my 17 flats skiff at another shop for complete "go over". Put the boat in and the fuel line failed. Bought a new connector from the local dealer. Still failed. Went to Sid and in 5 minutes the problem was fixed. Thanks Sid, you are the best!

Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 10:24:33 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

We have covered some ground the past few days. The guides have been on the water everyday this week. I am certain this incredible weather will come to end, but we have been enjoying every single second of it. The warm weather and calm seas were perfect for trips to the LA Marsh. Me and Capt Matt spent a couple of days poking around the marsh. The water was surprisingly clean in most places. There were small schools of bay chovies and mullet too.
Capt Kenny and Capt Kyle even went offshore tuna fishing (fun trip) on Wednesday! They jumped at the chance to head way out in the Gulf of Mexico with Team Boathouse. They did 340 MILES(yes three hundred and forty miles) in one day!!! They returned with several nice yellow fin and black fin tuna. They said they had fun, but also said it would be a while before the next trip. I think they have a new found appreciation for the "skinny water".
Poor Capt Alex was doing some sampling work this week. He was on the water, but unable to fish in picture perfect weather. He was making a paycheck, but pulling his hair out being that close to the fish and unable to put a hook in water. Ahh the life of a charter boat captain...
The  Smith Crew and the Hagan crew were our LA Marsh passengers this week. The Hagans brought down 3 generations of men.  Grandpa, Dad and the two sons (Will, Will, Will and Harris) were all about the big bull reds. The biggest one they caught was almost 42 inches. We even made time to make a few stops to garnish the box with sheephead and puppy drum. They were worn out for the ride in, young William passed out on the bow and lil Harris was out cold leaning against me crossing the MS Sound.
Capt Darren had Jerome and Monica Brown on a half day near shore trip for their 10th wedding anniversary fishing trip. They did great on the drum, sheephead, and Capt Darren even managed a couple of trout for the happy couple.
Capt Jimmy Ray got to run a 1 person trip, with Brad Stockstill. They put together an impressive box of puppy drum, red fish, flounder, sheephead, and even a few bonus ground mullet. What was more impressive was how close to the dock they did it.
Phil and Dan joined me the same day, and they were hunting for only one thing, supper. They wanted enough fish for them and the wives. A local restaurant was going to prepare it for them later that evening. We got them plenty of sheephead and puppy drum, and went looking for big drag screamers. Got Phil on a massive "sea monster" black drum. When we went to explore another area, we ran into Capt Kenny with the Lamdey crew. The husband and wife duo were doing a number on the big Spring Time black drum. We were close enough to hear the Okuma spinning reels singing. He evidently landed perfectly on a school of them. Every bait they through out got hammered.
I got to settle the score with those big fish, and even got in film. Al Jones and Lee Field with local news station WLOX (Fish and Game Report) were on the boat doing on segment on Spring Break fishing. Joining us was Lee's daughter and her sorority sisters from Kansas. They had never seen fish that big, and had one heck of a Spring Break fishing trip. They even Spring Broke my landing net on the big drum. If you want to see the video, here is the link:(http://www.wlox.com/category/264403/fish-and-game-report).
Looks as though we have a new friend at the Shore Thing dock aka "Shiyou Caddy" in Bayou Caddy, MS. A little otter has been cruising the canal and coming by to say hello everyday. The kids have even named him "Ozzy". Everyone but the pelicans and seagulls really likes him.
****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
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Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 10:29:43 PM

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fisheater

biloxi, MS USA

Yes palmbeach, if it was around 330 yesterday that be me :) Had two man limit yesterday bayou casotte area fishin with cuz they are showing up in normal spring areas mouths of bays near shore reefs etc.we caught ours on saltwater assasin electric chicken

Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 1:54:04 PM

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Palmbeach99

Ocean Springs, MS USA

Is anybody catching fish now?  Passed by OS harbor yesterday, 2 guys cleaning fish looked like possible speckle trout! Had no time to stop. Large fish 16" to maybe 20" fish. Anybody know when speckle trout will start showing up on the grass beds of Horn Island or Cat Island?  Thanks

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 7:50:46 AM

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PAT

biloxi, MS USA

Biloxi Harbor Bait has live bait.  228-
243-7930

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 4:43:05 AM

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Yokum

Lb, MS USA

Who has live shrimp now?
Ol Yoke

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 6:47:10 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

While we are waiting for the speckled trout to show up, we have been having an absolute blast with the "other" fish. Our crews have been literally loading the boat with hard fighting and tasty red fish, black drum and sheepshead. A couple of flounders and even a trout or two have been sneaking into the mix. We go through this every single year waiting for the big schools of trout to enter the MS Sound. Instead of burning fuel and trying to make the trout appear, we are going for the best bang for the buck.

The catch Capt Kenny had on Sunday with the Barnett Boys was an absolute slaughter. I saw them unloading at the dock, and it was impressive. Could not tell if his crew was more tired or more happy. Either way, they had a great haul of reds, black drum and sheepshead.

Capt Matt and I were out today, and it was glass calm. First day of the year for wearing shorts for me, its always a treat. I had the Green Team with me (Danny, Parker and Debbie). All they wanted to do was catch big fish. Did not take long to find the big drum and reds. Mission of the day was to get Mrs Debbie on a big red and a big black drum. Proud to say that she caught the biggest fish of her life. Young Parker had the hot hand. He is on his high schools BASS team, and it showed. He got the biggest and the most, little sucker even made me break my landing net on one of the sea monsters he caught. He did like the Okuma spinning reels I had. His favorite was the new Caymus, he gave that thing a work out all day long. The Trio 30s got his stamp of approval too.

Capt Matt was on a last minute booking from the Burkett Boys from Picayune, MS. They got treated to great weather and even greater fishing. They did a number on the smaller eaters and even put a few big critters in the boat too. Normally we try to encourage our customers to plan ahead for their trips, but we are happy to work last minute trips too.

Extended forecast looks pretty darn good, and the fishing just keeps getting better everyday! If the weather does get bad, we can always reschedule. Let us know if we can set something up for yall. 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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Monday, March 16, 2015 @ 8:33:26 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Five boats out on Saturday and ALL did an incredible job on the fish. We all stayed in close and fished MS waters. With all the wind and rain, we knew the near shore fishing would be a safer bet this time of year. It paid off well on the red fish, black drum, and sheepshead. Looks like the sea monster black drum have moved in as well. Our boat had one well into the 40 pound range. Gotta let the pictures tell most of the story, because we have kicked into high gear with Spring Break here. Don't know if it well help or hurt you, but all the red fishes stomachs were packed full of sand eels. The did not seem too picky though, they were wacking the shrimp on the bottom rigs.
We put up a bunch of pics in the photo section here, but all the boats sent in a bunch. They are all on the shore thing website(reports).  

For all you folks looking for a place to stay while you are visiting Bay St Louis. From the looks of it, the Silver Slipper Casino should been open in the next few weeks. Yes, that is the casino right next door to our private door to the Shore Thing Dock in Bayou Caddy. In just a couple of weeks you will be able to stay at the Slipper, and fish with Shore Thing Charters!!!


****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ 9:14:56 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Capt Matt an I were able to get two crews out on Wednesday. We gambled on the rain and actually won. Stayed close to the dock, in an around Bay St. Louis, in case the weather got bad (never did).

I had my old buddy Lee Allen on the boat. Lee was supposed to have a truck load of kids on Spring Break. Well... Momma got stuck in Florida with the kids, and Lee was held over an extra day in Houston. Long story short, Lee showed up at the dock, bare footed and with the family dog "Biscuit".

Capt Matt had a nice couple, Richard and Tammy. While me and Lee were working on a box Sheephead, Matt and his crew were finishing off a limit of reds. Best and worst part of the morning was fishing 30 yards from Capt Matts crew. I would assume they were in a school of slot reds, because they were catching one after another. We stayed busy on the sheeps, thinking the school would move our way, but they never did. Lee did however get big fish of the day honors. What we thought was a massive bull red, turned out to be a true "sea monster" black drum. Very glad to see the black drum moving in, just in time for Spring Break.

When the smoke cleared, Lee headed out to see his family with his dog and mess of sheephead fillets. Richard and Tammy vehicle was riding a tad bit lower to the ground. They had a great haul of puppy drum, sheephead, and red fish. Never got a drop of water on us all morning. All the fish were caught with shrimp on bottom rigs.

Be on the lookout, the rivers are flooding. We did see a few small branches floating out with the tide. Nothing to cause any serious damage to a boat, but there will likely more stuff coming down stream. Extended forecast says there is nice weather coming after the rain stops Friday. If anyone wants to enjoy some great Spring fishing, give us a shout. 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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 10:32:47 PM

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New Orleans, LA USA

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Capt Kenny did brave the elements on Friday. Billy Lawson and the boys were only able to go in the early morning. Normally that is not a problem, but it was 30 degrees and blowing close to 20mph! Capt Kenny was able to hide from the wind and put them boys on some fish. They dressed for the occasion and loaded the box with sheepshead and flounder. Kenny said once you found a place out of the wind and waves it was business as usual.
Saturday was an entirely different story. Everyone saw the good weather weekend day and jumped on it. We had 5 boats out, and no one left early. Sun was out, it was much warmer, and the seas were  calm. All the crews opted to do the near shore trips, and it worked great.  I had Shore Thing Platinum member Bruce Hall and his wife Leigh. My man Bruce took his bride fishing for her birthday, what a guy! Our first few stops were just a fish here an a fish there. Was getting a little nervous, but once we set up correctly to fish with the current, it was every single cast. Leigh had the hot hand all day. She caught 3 nice red fish, a mess of sheephead and several black drum. Bruce caught the biggest sheephead of the day, and his biggest red ever. Bruce has been with me on some of the best red fish sight casting I have ever seen, but they were all smaller slot fish. Leigh got an ice chest full of Ziploc wrapped presents to bring home.
It was a funny bite on Saturday, some of the crews grinded it out, and others did the stick and move. We had boats out all day long, due to staggered departures. Some crews left around 9am and others did not hit the water till after noon. The beauty of the closer/shorter near shore trip, is that we can pretty much leave when ever.
Capt Kenny had the dynamic duo of Adam and Matt in town from Tampa. I think these two had more fun than any of the crews. They catch plenty of sheephead in Florida, but no where near the size or numbers. Sounded like between the casinos and the great fishing, they will back very soon.
Capt Matt had the Skelton crew on Saturday. They were one of the later leaving crews. Me and Kenny were finishing our day as they were just getting warmed up. Judging from the pics he sent, it looks they had a lil of everything. Some sheephead, redfish, and flounder, not bad for leaving at the crack of noon.
Capt Darren was on the afternoon shift as well. He had the Edwards crew, in town from TX. They came to let the youngsters have some fun. Capt D said the youngest, Mason had the most luck, catching 15 big sheephead all by himself.
Capt Jimmy Ray was rolling with Frank and Neil in his brand spanking new 24 Blazer Bay. They fished next to us right at the end of our day. When we left them, they were making it look easy and good.
****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ 8:40:09 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The boys have been chomping at the bit to get on the water. The usual crazy March weather has kept everyone on their toes. One day it is sunshine and 70 degrees, the next pouring rain, and the next day 30 degrees. Good news is that it will not be much longer before constant shorts and flip flop weather. On the days the weather has been decent, the near shore fishing has been great!

Me and Capt Alex were up in Washington DC last week, meeting with MS Congressmen and Senators on a few fisheries issues. All the offices we visited were very nice. Congressmen Palazzo and Harper even ran up from the voting floor to say hello. Always fun up there, but there is no place like home...

With the winter ending weather and the exceptional fishing in close, the boys have had some incredible trip recently. Capt Kenny ran the Stanley crew on a near shore trip this week. From the looks of the pictures, they stayed pretty darn busy on the sheepshead. These tasty critters should be thick for a little while longer, before the black drum and reds take over. The trout will not be far behind them. However, on the chilly, windy, rough days there is nothing better than staying in close and working on those fish.

Capt Tom had the Crosby Crew all the way in from Kansas. They literally had a boat load of "Bay Snappers" aka sheepshead. Not ones to pass up a good time, Team Weems (Milton, Harriet, and Nancy) hopped on for a last minute sheephead slaughter this week. Tom said they could have caught them all day long, but the bait supply was devoured and the ladies were ready for some land based activities. A couple of hours and they were full to the brim with sheeps.

The weather is our biggest hurdle this month. If it is bad, we don't go but when it is fishable we fish. March and April has some of the best near shore fishing of the year. With Spring Break starting, and the kids out of school, this is a great trip for them. Plenty of action, short rides and plenty of eaters. If we get a nice weather day, we can always run to the LA Marsh too. The Spring calendar has been filling up. Looks like we will have boats out at the Cat Island House for most of May and June. The regulars have been snatching up the LA Marsh trips everyday. If anyone wants to reserve a boat(s) for those prime weekend dates, please don't wait too long. For the last few years, we have had all of our boats booked nearly everyday from late April to August. Several of the weekends in May are already full. No pressure, but please don't wait till the last minute (especially large groups). If we can help set something up or if yall need more info, feel free to call, text or email. 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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 8:29:37 PM

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Steve

Biloxi, MS USA

So, somebody tell me WHY can't the Sun Herald give us more information on these fishing tournaments? Since Al left, we never know what and when for ANY fishing tournaments around!! IT SUCKS

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 12:31:23 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Mary,

In regards to your trailer question, try Kevin at SPORT TRAIL (228-467-1885). They should be able to get you taken care of. Tell him the guys from Shore Thing Charters said hello.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 7:37:34 PM

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mary

gulfport, MS USA

Looking for Boat trailer axels.
Have looked at Kens and Marine Supply.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 6:40:44 AM

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Capt. Louis Rossignol - Venice Guide Service

Venice, LA USA

I recently took 2 guys from Boston
Mass., John Hoffman and his buddy Mike
on a fishing trip down in Venice La.
They wanted to only catch and release,
as they were not going to bring any
fish home. The conditions were a strong
NE wind, approx. 15-20mph; water temp
was 53 degrees and a rising tide all
day.

We went to a large bay down river and
started casting plastic cocahoe tails
under a cork. We were easing down this
shallow bank and all of a sudden we
spooked a school of mullets on the
shoreline. The mullets swam out into
the bay and next thing you know, it was
ON FIRE!!!

The 2 anglers caught and release right
around 25 bull reds on that first spot.
When they quit, I moved the boat about
50 yards further into the bay because I
figured the fish would be moving
further in due to the rising tide we
had all day. They picked up another 3.
Then I moved the boat 50 yard further
and they picked up yet, another 3.

After this spot we went all the way to
the back of the bay and the wind was
blowing so hard that it was blowing the
water right through the canes. I put
the power pole down and on their first
casts; they doubled up with massive 35
and 32 pounders on my handheld scale.
We stayed in that spot for the next 2
hours catching and releasing all the
bull reds their arms could take. I can
only estimate that they caught another
25 or 30.

I called my buddy, Capt. Jay over
because he was running a charter also,
and once Capt. Jay got there the bite
was over. That figures.

We wondered over to another adjoining
bay and I told the guys to cast into
these canes that were growing in the
middle of the water and they didnít hit
the mark to say the least. I walked up
to the bow and threw where I told them
and the water exploded again with
another bull red in the 30 pound range.
We drifted from that spot and picked up
a couple of trout, which we also
released. We then went to the back of
that pond and I hit another large red
only to have the fish spit the hook.

It was an awesome day with 2 awesome
guys. By the way, John Hoffman and Mike
run an organization in Boston called
the Fishing Academy.
www.theFishingAcademy.org †The Mission
of The Fishing Academy is to provide
young people in the greater Boston
area, and especially Bostonís poorer
neighborhoods, the opportunity to
experience the outdoors and learn life-
skills, such as teamwork, patience,
discipline, self-confidence and respect
through the sport of Fishing. Now in
their ninth year, they have taken over
4,000 youth off the streets and into
the great outdoors. The Fishing Academy
has had an overwhelming response from
people in the community, parents,
teachers, friends and supporters.

Enjoy the slideshow,


Capt. Louis Rossignol
Venice Guide Service
504-481-7529
www.VeniceGuideService.com
TAKE A KID FISHING!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 3:31:43 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

We had a great day of weather for the Stripes Spots and Dots Tournament. Hats off to John Marquez for creating a very cool tournament. February is one of the trickier months of the year to fish and this makes the tournament that much more challenging. We had two boats fishing it, and we had two very different plans of attack.

Capt Kenny finally ended season long killing spree on the deer and hogs. Back on the water, he had the same crew from 2014, the Bailey Boys. My crew from last year, was tied up with soccer games. Was able to talk my buddy John Calagaz into coming over from Mobile, AL. Both crews left early and had to very plans of attack. By the end of the day, John an I had run 82 MILES! Capt Kenny with JJ and James had run around 10 miles.

We found reds and sheeps down south, but never the right size. Capt Kenny and his crew stayed close to home and fished all the near shore structures. He said the last stop of the day yielded the biggest of the day for young JJ. Both crews got the weigh in with little time to spare. Not from a lack of looking, but sad to say my man John did not place in any categories. The Bailey boys however took 1st place this year in the youth division for sheephead. They had a redfish that went just over 30 inches (over max allowed) with the tail swept, so he got eaten.

Now that all the of the guides are out of the woods, we have plenty open. If yall wanna wet a line, especially during Mardi Gras break, we should have boats open.

****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 10:45:10 AM

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T-Bone

Biloxi, MS USA

CCA -  Who were the winners of the Stripes, Spots, and Dots tourney?

Monday, February 9, 2015 @ 1:01:52 PM

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seabird

metairie/pass christian, LA USA

sport trailers--i dont know how it was a
year ago, but i went there and they said
they dont deal with the public as far as
repairs or buying a new one. They do
sell parts if you are able to do it
yourself. You have to go to the local
boat dealers that are outlets for their
trailers if you want to buy one or get
one fixed.

Friday, February 6, 2015 @ 4:19:20 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Last year we did a report over the winter offering some help for folks that might need some help. The info below is the names of the people we use for service equipment that keep our guides working. Collectively, our guides spend well over 800 days a year on the water and these are the people that allow us to do that. Now is the time of year to get your boats, reels, trailer, trolling motors, electronics, and tackle serviced. So far, it looks like we may get a mild winter, which means early Spring Fishing!

Engines/Service
I bought a new Yamaha 300hp outboard from ATLANTIC MARINE(228-467-2847) in Bay St. Louis, MS this year. Bobby an Emily Lamb made the process painless. They worked with my crazy schedule for the installation and rigging. Atlantic Marine can do warranty and service work too. Very pleased with the work, service and purchase.
For several years, many of the Shore Thing boats are stored at THE BOATHOUSE in Lakeshore, MS. Sid Leblanc and his team have been working on our boats for many many years. The rigging, service and general TLC these guys do for us, keeps our boats working day in and day out. From oil changes, water pumps, VHF, bilge pumps, power poles, etc they have helped us with all of it.

Trolling Motors
We have been extremely pleased with SHAMPS(228-234-6131) Trolling Motors in Long Beach, MS. We use our trolling motors all day, everyday and they get punished. Randy is a miracle worker.

Trailers
ALL of the Shore Thing boats ride on SPORT TRAIL (228-467-1885) trailers, made in Waveland, MS. We trailer and launch every single day, and have never ever missed a day of work because of our trailers. Kevin and the gang at Sport Trailer are the best in the world at what they do. From small skiffs to 40+ footers, they can custom fit any trailer. We are very lucky to have these guys right down the road from our home port.

Reel Repair
Still using RONNIE'S REEL REPAIR(228-323-0157) in Bay St. Louis, MS. We have brought Mr Ronnie some reels that were in horrific shape. I have no clue how he works his magic, but he gets it done. He works on all makes and models.

Tackle
Okuma is our go to reel company. They came out with a great spinning reel this year, the CEYMAR, that we think is going to be a game changer. We still use the RTX, TRIO, HELIOS, EPIXOR and V series spinning reels. Okuma makes incredible baitcasters, but we seldom use them on charters.
MATRIX soft plastics are on all the boats. Locally made in Slidell, LA simply put they work!
A large part of our trout and redfishing is done under popping corks. The best popping cork we have found is made by BOAT MONKEY FLOAT COMPANY. They just went the extra mile on these and used better components, that make them last longer and pop louder.

Parts and Supplies
A&A Marine Hardware (228) 452-5600) in Pass Christian, MS near the Pass Harbor has a good selection of hard to find marine supplies. Very courteous staff, and if they don't have it, they can order it. Great place for all you do it yourselfers.

****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

Monday, February 2, 2015 @ 6:33:55 AM

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CCA Mississippi

Gulfport, MS USA

Stripes, Spots and Dots Tournament

It's time for the first tournament of the year. Join CCA Mississippi and the Biloxi Boat & RV Show for the Stripes, Spots and Dots Tournament on February 7th. With $10,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes, this is sure to be a great opening tournament for 2015. There is a Captain's meeting on Friday Feb. 6th at the Golden Nugget and the weigh in will be at the Biloxi Boat & RV Show. Register by Feb. 2nd to save on your entry fee and receive a free tournament t-shirt. Check the CCA Mississippi Website and CCA Mississippi Facebook Page for additional details or contact Johnny Marquez at (228) 202-1833 or ccams@ccamississippi.org.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 9:31:35 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Got to take advantage of some insanely good late January weather. Tuesday we were back out at Cat Island doing some sight seeing. Been booking several sight seeing tours out there. Hard not to pick up a fishing pole, but it is nice to enjoy the island by land sometimes...

We got our fix on the fishing poles, Wednesday. I had the entire Barron family on board. Jennifer, Ben, Sawyer, Grayson and Birthday boy Craig(Dad). Left the dock at the crack at 9AM, to take advantage of the warmer temperatures. With the little guys playing hooky from school, we opted to run a near shore MS Trip. This time of year, that trip is about the best bang for your buck.

Literally the first cast, and every cast till we ran out of bait, was a bite or a fish. The first cast was a nice slot sized red fish. The second to last fish we kept was another slot red. In between the reds was an all out slaying of sheepheads and puppy drum. Even though it was Craigs Birthday, he spent the entire trip making sure his young sons stayed on the bite. Jennifer jumped in the chaos from time to time. Pretty certain she had the biggest sheephead of the day too. Think I made some friends for life with the 3 younger anglers. Gotta give it to those lil guys, they kept the rough housing to a minimum and wore the life jackets all day. If one of the younger brothers needed help reeling, big brother jumped in for the assist. By the end of the day, their netting skills were impressive. We had to release fish the last hour of the trip, due to a space issue. Just glad the family got to experience such a fun filled day with steady action.

With the young anglers out of school for Mardi Gras and Spring break, this is the best trip ever to take. Not gonna lie, the older anglers enjoy the heck out of too. If the weather is good, we can always run to the LA Marsh for some red fishing. Give us call, text or email if you would like us to set one up for you.

****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 9:29:21 AM

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Bay Tiger

Bay Saint Louis, MS USA

In response to Seabird:
Bubby D in Waveland also does a good job and reasonable. I've used him for years.
His number is 228-493-6718.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 1:34:44 PM

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pman

Gautier, Ms United States

In response to seabird

Lil Boy at Mary Walker Marina in Gautier has  been doing it for years, has taken care of my bottom paint for the last 15...knows what he's doing and I think very reasonable..

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 1:13:13 PM

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seabird

pass christian, LA USA

who paints boat bottoms so I can leave it in the water ?

Monday, January 26, 2015 @ 9:07:34 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The Shore Things guides have been all over the place this past week. Capt Alex is still doing his best to stop all ducks from migrating south of Hernando, MS. Last time we spoke he said the duck has been fantastic up in the northern part of the state. Even heard from the one an only Capt Kyle Jarreau. Did not really get a chance to talk with him, just got see a pic of his smiling face and a huge white tail deer. Happy to report I have ended over a decade long curse of not shooting a deer. Since I started guiding for a living in the early 2000's I have not done much hunting. The very few hunts I have been on I either don't see, get seen or miss the deer. Hunting with the crew from Guice Offshore north of Jackson, MS I FINALLY harvested a deer! As luck would have it, it was my biggest buck ever, a nice lil eight pointer. Cant thank Billy, Nathan, Asa, Daniel, David and Ben enough for the best hunting trip of my life. Just hope I get to take another one in the next decade...

Capt Kenny finally came out of the woods(1 day). Giving the deers and hogs a break, he found time  to run a crew on a sunset sight seeing tour. We try not to ever let the  boats sit for long, and he took the opportunity to knock the dust of his boat. He said the water over in Lake Borgne was about as clean as you will ever see it.

Capt Matt an I got to run a few trips, with great results. The Mighty Matt got to run to the LA Marsh to do a little low water red fishing. He said the water was gin clean and full of fish. The low clean water made the fish easy to see, but a little spooky. They caught, but he said you had to be on your game to connect in almost too perfect conditions.

While they were out in the marsh, I got to run a near shore MS trip with the Hewey crew. We played all day in the Bay an in the MS Sound. We were trying to get a lil variety of drum, red, trout, flounder and sheephead. Mostly all of our catch was big sheepshead. Mr Jim actually tried to shut down the fishing several times, claiming they had enough fish. His wife had other plans, and kept them coming over the rail. Happy wife happy life...

Weather permitting, the fishing has been great. If the weather is bad, we simply try to hide from the wind, reschedule or cancel. On the colder days we have been pushing our departure times later in the morning. Mardi Gras and Spring Break are just around the corner and fishing just keeps getting better and better. If yall wanna bend a rod and have some fun, give us a shout.

****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ 9:45:27 PM

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bernarf

biloxi, MS USA

Been fishing for sheepshead today and no bites
at all different spots anybody know why there
aint sheephead

Monday, January 19, 2015 @ 12:57:15 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Most of the Shore Thing guides have been spending the winter in the woods. Proud to say that the ducks, hogs and deers have been feeling their wrath. Despite the cold and wind, we have had some insane fishing trips. We always try to go for the best bite, and the most action. Most of that has been happening close to the dock, on the reefs and structures. Have yet to make it to the LA Marsh in the last week, but with the fishing so good in close, there is no reason to make the run.
Capt Matt ran a last minute trip for a couple on their honeymoon earlier in the week. The bride and groom enjoyed non stop action(fishing), on their trip. I texted Matt in the afternoon, making sure he was ok. They had left late, to take advantage of warmer temperatures. Matt had no reply on his text, just a picture. The entire bow of his boat was slap full of fish. The two person charter had a haul of red fish, sheephead, black drum, flounder and even a few sparkle trout. I caught up with Matt the next day, he said they released even more fish the last two hours of the trip! Judging from the smiles, it looked like a good start to their marriage. Happy wife, makes for a happy life...
A few days later, on the back side of an artic blast, I was on the water with the Adams crew. Danielle, Richard, Clint and Daigan were chomping at the bit. I made sure they all knew that the wind chill forecast was predicted to be in the 20's! Danielle assured me that they had brought plenty of layers of clothes down from Laurel, MS and they were in it to win it. It was chilly, but we left a little late and it really was not that bad. The water was clean and the fish were hungry. We kept moving around, not looking for a bite, but looking for Daigans red fish. They literally loaded the boat with sheephead, drum and flounder. Sad to say, Mr redfish was either not around, or could not beat the other fish to the bait. Seldom did they make a cast and not get a bite. I had my work cut out for me cleaning all those fish. This crew was a huge help at the skinning shed, especially with all those sheepshead. Looking very much forward to having this crew back.
Still got boats open if anyone wants to get in on the fun. The bite is good in close, and we don't have to make long runs to get to them. We have been leaving later on the colder days, taking advantage of warmer temperatures. Just dressing for the occasion, and having a great time with the incredible winter time fishing. Let us know if you want to get in on it...
****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
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Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 9:06:51 PM

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Steve

Biloxi, MS USA

To Austin Powell,

I just read the article in Sunday's Sun Herald. I have been diving for 35 years, and love to free dive, BUT will NOT do it in MS. All the boaters do nor recognize a dive flag, they will come right up to you and drop a line while you are in the water, So I say watch out or do what I do, go to Florida,Louisiana or Bahamas. Or use a rod and reel! Anybody can spear!

Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 9:08:54 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Just in case this is the last post before the big day, we at Shore Thing Fishing Charters wanted to wish everyone a very safe and Merry Christmas. We have been extremely busy on and off the water. Still getting in a few days fishing when mother nature plays nice.

There are few things that would pull Capt Kenny out of the woods this time of year. One thing that he drops everything for near Christmas is the annual bicycle drive that the Southern Anglers of MS(SAMS Club) put on. These big hearted fishermen raise money all year to purchase bikes for needy boys and girls. Capt Kenny and fellow SAMS Club members delivered bikes all over town this past week. There work is done anonymously, but I have no problem telling these guys what a great job they do, GREAT JOB SAMS CLUB!!! After all the bikes were delivered, Capt Kenny was last seen wearing camo heading into a wooded area...

Capt Matt has been on the water the most the past few days. He fished the LA Marsh with the Butraitus crew and did great on the trout and reds. He is still deep in the interior of the marsh. As long as he can get his Blazer Bay back into a pond, drain, lagoon or pocket, he is fishing it. Snooping around his boat(we park ours next to each other), I can see he has been throwing purple and chartreuse Matrix shads. He tight lines them for the reds and puts them under the Boat Monkey Corks for the trout. The Mighty Matt spent a few days in close with the Haywood Green crew. These boys have not been with us in many years, but they are back. They bring there own boat, charter us for a few days, and then go fish their own boat for few days. In less than perfect conditions, the boys had a good couple days in the Bay. Those near shore trips have plenty of action on sheephead, black drum, red fish, flounder and trout.

I got to sneak out last week with my man John Calagaz from Mobile, AL. He wanted to try his hand at sight fishing for slot reds in the LA Marsh. The conditions were decent, and we found plenty of fish. Sun, wind and tide were a little off but we were both spotting tailing, waking and feeding reds. Even broke out the Live Target Field mouse(aka Mr Jangles) to catch some reds. Most of the fish came off the Strike King Red Fish Magic spinner baits. We changed out the soft plastics on them and used black n chartreuse Matrix Shads. One of them days were we saw way more than we hooked, but it kept us very very busy.

Gotta thank a few people for things on land. My old high school buddy Walter "Gilly" Chamberlin invited me to speak at the CARES School on Hwy 49 in Gulfport. Had a great time with the young men and women there. I brought a slide show and a truck load of rods n reels to discuss fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Just a great time with some amazing kids.

We also attended this months Commission of Marine Resources meeting at the MSDMR Building. Cant stress enough how pleased we have been with the accommodating manner these guys have been with us. These folks have a lot going on, but they always make time for us. We have been more than pleased with MSDMR and the CMR, Thanks guys!

We get calls everyday asking if Shore Thing is open over the winter? Shore Thing is a FULL TIME charter service, open  YEAR ROUND. The weather is the only thing that keeps us from fishing. If yall are in town over the holidays and want to wet a line, feel free to call, text or email us. By land or sea, we hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!  





****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
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Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 6:49:21 AM

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Captain Brian Sherman

Venice , LA USA

The big trout are biting in Venice
Louisiana.  Call Captain Brian
(504)419-5645

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 @ 9:37:11 PM

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Vincent

Venice, LA USA

Went to venice today and fished down river at
our usual spots for the past few years and was
heading to spot number two when I took the
wrong canal and ended up high and dry on a
mud flat. I never thought this could happen to me
because I know the area I fish but I made a
mistake and ended stuck really stuck. My fiancť
bought me a early Christmas present a couple
weeks ago and boy I

Sunday, December 14, 2014 @ 7:01:37 PM

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Bay St Louis, MS USA

Still going strong, and having a ball with the incredible winter time fishing. Capt Matt was out in the LA Marsh on Wednesday with the Battle Boys. They did an outstanding job on the speckled trout and the red fish, loaded the boat!!! Capt Matt said they pretty much just stayed in on a bite from start to finish. The ponds he fished for his red fish, he said were crawling with red fish. When they got to the very back of one pond, he said they heard what sounded like a washing machine churning up the water, feeding. All the fish they tangled with, were those perfect 25-26 inch LA Marsh slot reds. After a slow summer of trout fishing, I cant tell you how enjoyable it has been wearing our customers out on these hard pulling slot reds. Matt has been on one of the better trout bites we have seen in several weeks. He kind of hinted as to where he has been fishing, and he is so far back in the marsh I cant imagine those trout have any where else to go. Should be fun out there for a while.
The near shore fishing along the MS Gulf Coast has been stellar as well. Me and Capt Matt had a late leaving bachelor party for Matt Giepert on Thursday. He had friends in town from all over the nation. I had guys from Utah, Oregon and Louisiana on my boat. The guys from out west were blown away that our fish were so big and so hungry. The groom to be's brother Mike was on Capt Matts boat, he had the hot hand on the fish. We fished with in sight of their boat most of the morning, but had to move. We got tired of watching him out fish our crew(size and numbers).Both boats only boxed 5 or 6 fish for dinner(trout, reds, flounder, sheepshead, drum), they were getting a restaurant to prepare their catch later that night. The rest of haul we took pics of a few and released many. Them Left Coast boys caught the biggest and most fish they had ever seen. Both boats stayed hooked up almost the entire 4 hours with red fish, black drum, sheepshead, speckled trout and a good mess of flounders!!! I cant stress enough, if yall don't want to make the run to the marsh or have young/novice anglers in town, TAKE THE NEAR SHORE TRIP. Short runs, lots of action, big fish and great fun. Weather permitting, the LA Marsh has amazing fishing this time of year too.
Finally got word from Capt Kenny and Capt Darren this week, they are alive. They are way up in North Mississippi, somewhere near Capt Alex's duck hunting operation. Got Kenny on the phone, he was tracking a huge deer his nephew Guy had shot. Sounded like they will be returning with plenty of venison. Lost the signal and have not heard back from him. Capt Darren returned my text later that afternoon with a photo of  one of the biggest deer I have ever seen! Could not be prouder of him, no one deserves a trophy like that more than Capt Darren. He is a hard working man, and one heck of a Dad/Husband to his wife and kids. This however, was one of the few hunts his kids were not on(school). His kids are gonna make his life a living HELL till he gets them a big one...
Still got boats open most days if yall wanna go have some fun. Call, text or email if yall have any questions, or wanna set something up.
****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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Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 10:44:32 AM

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Bay St Louis, MS USA

Fishing has been awesome close to the dock and in the LA Marsh. All subject to change, but we have boat(s) open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday if anyone wants to get in on the great action. Now, on with the fishing report...

The Mighty Capt Matt has been putting up some good numbers of trout and reds. He has been fishing some "secret" ponds and lagoons tucked deep in the LA Marsh. He tried to show me on a map where he has been hiding, but it was tough to see. Guess I will have to hop in the boat with him for an instructional on the winter time trout fishing?

Monday, he had the Guidry boys out, and he said they stayed in action most all of the day. They were looking for trout, but still managed to nab a couple red fish for garnish. The nice thing about fishing deeper in the marsh, is that the water is nice and calm in the ponds, ditches and small bays. Lil chilly some mornings getting over there, but that is why we wear layers.

Tuesday, both Capt Matt an I were back out in the LA Marsh. He had the Polk boys and I had my old buddy Judge Kelvin Wells from Destin, FL. Matts crew was trout or bust and we were all red fish. Both boats found what they were looking for. The Polk duo returned with 50 TROUT!!! We did not get the numbers, but we got the size on the big slot reds. Judge and the boys did great pitching baits in the ponds all day. We had fish eat off the tip of the rod, aka "cane polling". The finger mullet have been thick way back in the shallow ponds. We got to see a pack of reds destroy a school of unlucky mullet.

The forecast looks good the next few days if yall wanna come fish. Got no problem leaving later in the morning if its chilly.


****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 @ 8:31:47 AM

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Palmbeach99

Ocean Springs, MS USA

Where are the fish?  In the last   2 weeks, I have fished Graveline Bayou, Katrina Reef, Fort Bayou, Back Bay and Big Lake area. I have used live bait, artificial (many colors & brands)  I have trolled, fished w/cork and bottom fished. Only 1 fish! Thinking about a trip to Cat Island. Need your advise.

Monday, December 8, 2014 @ 8:21:47 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

What a great week we all had last week. Captains Kenny, Alex and Darren have been doing there part to keep the deer and duck numbers in check. Since we had some nice weather down here last week, we had some good trips. We had boats in the Bay, out in the LA Marsh and even out to Cat Island.
Wednesday, I got to spend all day at Cat Island assisting an environmental group. After reading their GPS at the end of the day, we walked well over 10 miles! Picked a bad day to wear rubber boots. Covering that much ground, we saw some stuff. Found plenty of treasures, but just a neat day to see that much of Cat Island.
Friday, we had 3 boats out, one in the LA Marsh and two in close on a near shore trip. Captains Matt and Jimmy Ray were fishing 3 generations with the Johnson crew. Through mutual friends of Shore Thing Charters, we have been working with a massive rental house on the Bay. The house has 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms and even has a private pier directly in front of the house. The house cans sleep up to 15 PEOPLE! This house have received rave reviews from our customers. Capt Matt and Jimmy Ray were even able to pick up and drop off this group on their private pier! Talk about front door service. The two boat crew of parents, grandparents and grandkids had a bang up trip. They were able to fish in close and did fantastic on the speckled trout, red fish, black drum and sheepshead. With the Christmas holidays right around the corner, if anyone is going to be in town with the kids, this is a great trip to take. Capt Matt even took quick near shore trip over the weekend with this son Gray. They made quick work of the reds, drum sheepshead and flounder. They were on the water for briefly, and they loaded the boat. The steady action and short boat rides make these near shore trip ideal for first time youngsters. The experienced "old salts" have really taken a liking them too. We can also recommend lodging, if anyone needs help with that.
I was flying solo Thursday, out in the LA Marsh with the PILEUM Group from Jackson.  We had the odds stacked against us on the red fishing. The south wind was pumping water into the ponds. High water can make for some tough fishing, because all the bait gets into the grass. We had to push deep into some ponds, that we only fish on high tides in the winter. They are a pain in the rear to get to, but it was well worth the effort. We started picking off fish here and there, but when we got to the very back of the pond, the reds were in huge packs. With the high winds and some what dirty water, we went with the Boat Monkey Corks, 18 inch leaders, 3/8 jig heads with live cocahoes. That much weight make these rigs easier to cast into the wind. Once we dialed in the packs of reds, we were able to get 25 perfect LA Marsh slot reds into the boat. Brad, who had a very powerful hook set, broke off three different fish, with the corks attached. We snagged one cork with the red still on it. One of the fish spit the hook before we could snag it. We even had another fish come back and eat TWICE! Very cool watching that cork swim around the pond, just to come back and eat another bait. It was like a scene from Jaws watching that cork swim back to us and eat again.
Looks like we are in a very good winter bite. If yall wanna get in on the fun, bring the kids, your buddies or the gang from work. We have boats open most days. If the weather is bad, we can always reschedule or cancel. Let us know if we can help yall get in on a some amazing winter fishing.

****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.
Be sure and check our videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0  
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Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 12:17:04 PM

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Bay St Louis, MS USA


Usually we get a break this time of year, but it has still been full throttle. Capt Tom an I even ran half day trips Thanksgiving morning!

Still playing in the rivers on the windy days and heading to the LA Marsh on the calmer days. The tide has been everything for the trout and reds. Capt Tom has used the moving water to get the trout bite rolling. Some of the red fish ponds have been high and dry with the north wind and low tide. Heck, we even got stuck AT THE LAUNCH, on Thanksgiving morning, due to the low water! Judson and Travis Smith were pretty good sports about the whole thing. About all you could do was laugh...

The weekend was some of the better red fishing we have seen all year. My family friends and old Venice allies, the Domestecs put on a clinic. Some of the nephews were in town from Cali an Illinois. These boys came to work. Early in the morning they were pickin off reds like seasoned pros. We caught well over 20 and even came in early. Capt Matt did about the same with the Weibmer crew, but they opted for catch and release.

Sunday was a treat. Shore Thing alumni,  Party Perry and Magic Mike Eastman were along for the adventure. We had higher than usual water, due to a lack of tide and a SE wind. Took a few stops and some zigging and zagging, but we were able to get into the right ponds. Once we had the right combo, we made quick work of filling the box with beautiful 24-26 inch slot reds.

Capt Tom was makin it do what it do with our Bro from Tuepelo, Milton Weems. They were havin a good time in the river with the trout and reds. Takin advantage of the short ride, they were able to log some hours on the water. He said the action has been steady, with a Lil picking to get the right sized keepers.

Monday, we were off the water, and have to thank a few folks for the help. First off, the gang at the Boathouse in Lakeshore was able to give me and Capt Matt a full service oil change and help us with a  few odds n ends. Those guys are the reason we are able to fish as hard as we do. Many Thanks Boathouse gang!!!

Also gotta thank the good people at the MS Department of Marine Resources. We have been working on a few projects, that they have been extremely helpful in pointing us in the right direction. Director Miller, Chief Phillips and Chief Pittman  were very nice to take time to sit down with us. When ever we have needed anything from these folks, they have been more than accommodating. Very pleased with the way things are going up there, so Thank You MS DMR for all the help!

Back on the water Tuesday with the great Bobby Cleveland from Jackson, MS. Been trying to get Bobby on the water for weeks. He is a huge fan of the red fishing, and we finally got our days and weather right. He brought his old fishing partner Tommy along for a great day in the skinny water of the LA Marsh. These two have spent enough time in the ponds that I just ran the trolling motor and pointed out the fish that they seldom missed. Tom chunked a spinner bait all day and Bobby had some skirted jig contraption he got from his Bassmaster buddy Pete Ponds. Both baits worked fanstastic. The water was a little higher than I was anticipating, so it would be blind casting most of the day. They picked off a few fish on the flats, but the blind casting produced more than the sight casting. They even let me nab a few, and we even found a big bull red in one of the deeper holes leading into one of the ponds. Got our limit and took it to the house.

Fishing has been fantastic, and we have boats open most days. If you have any plans of fishing the Christmas Holidays, please let us know. With the youngsters out of school, we can do LA Marsh trips if the weather is nice or keep it in close with a near shore MS trip. Just let us know what we can do help yall enjoy the holidays on the water.
****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.

Be sure and check our videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 4:50:08 PM

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mary

gulfport, MS USA

There is a boat launch at Popps Ferry.  We went almost to Parkers Landing and fished using Live shrimp under a boat dock and caught several reds that were 15 to 17 inches , black drum, stripes and a couple of large mouth bass.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 3:29:32 PM

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gulfport, MS USA

Is there a boat launch at popps ferry?

Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 11:54:55 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

From all of us at Shore Thing Fishing Charters, we would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! The cool weather has made for some HOT fishing. Monday we had the Peck crew back for their second go round. We ran deep into the LA Marsh for some insane red fishing. The boys were spot on casters and made good day with a 15 perfect slot fish. Most of the fish came off the sight cast. Even had a Quadruple hook up on a big pack of fish. Did grab a couple trout, but had to pick through plenty of small ones.
Capt Tom has been doing a number on the trout up in the rivers. He has been on steady bite of keeper fish, fishing on days that the weather has lousy at best. Today he had half of the Tudor crew and they were after the sparkled ones. They did most of their damage on the Matrix Shads. He said they stayed on the bite most of the day, and just picked through the small ones. I had the other half, and it was the ladies. Ashley and Diane were after the reds, so went to the Marsh. The low water kept the reds in plain view. The ladies put on a clinic sight fishing for the reds. Some of the fish swam right next to the boat, we were just "cane pole" dropping to them. Got 15 nice slot sized fish when Capt Matt called. He was fishing the World Famous Tally Gang, Shore Things oldest customers. That crew needed no help loading the boat. They put an old fashioned skull draggin down on the reds. Matt said they ended with 20 keepers and released many more. Just picture perfect weather, and incredible fishing.
****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.

Be sure and check our videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7zPtztzBT0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 5:15:18 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The cold fronts have kept us on our toes, but the fishing has been great. Was able to sneak out Thursday with the gang from Guice Offshore(Nathan and Clark). I doubt anyone has fished with me more over the years, other than Nathan. In all that time, we had never gone sight fishing for red fish. The seas were calm, water was clear, we had light winds and there was little to no clouds. Both Nathan and Clark are pinpoint accurate casters, so we had to make a go for it.Took advantage of the calm seas and went across to the LA Marsh. Barely had enough water to fish in some of the red fish ponds, but we made it in. They were quick to pick up the technique and were picking off slot reds in no time. Most of the casts were a rod length away, and we got to watch the fish eat. They got their limit and came home  in time for an early lunch.
Friday and Saturday was a good one, with some old buddies of mine. Don "Duck" Elliot, his son Matt and Jim "Crazy A" Rivers have been coming the last two years to enjoy the fishing on the MS Gulf Coast. These misfits have been my buddies since my days in Venice, LA. Last fall when they came, they left with a truck load of flounders. We were gonna try for a repeat this year, but it would not be in the cards. In two days of hard fishing, we only managed a couple of flatties. We even took two boats on Friday, to cover more water. Capt Matt pulled the plug on his flounder quest early on day one. I opted to grind it out until Mr Jim cried uncle. Capt Matt, Don and "other Matt" finished strong with a nice box of specks, reds, and released a load of large mouth bass.
We knew the wind was gonna howl on Satuday, and lord did it. The day before, Capt Tom had done well on the trout with his buddy Laney. Since I devoted my entire Friday to looking for flounder, I was flying blind on the trout. Instead of breaking up the three man crew into two boats, we suggested EVERYONE jump in one boat. We saved the boys a few bucks and I got to fish with my old buddies and my man Capt Tom. This allowed the story telling to get very good, and I got to see first hand how Capt Tom was catching his trout. Despite the gale force winds, Capt Tom did a phenomenal job on the trout. He set us up on some points and bars with good moving water. The bite was extremely soft, because you had to drift the baits down the current lines. Once everyone got a feel for the bite, it was game freakin on. The Matrix shads tight lined were deadly. We did use the live shrimp and cocahoes to find the fish first. Capt Tom worked his tail off to keep everyone baited in the "sweet spot". His hard work and diligence got us 47 speckled trout and 1 slot red in awful conditions. I was just happy to hang out all day with some good friends, the box of fish was just lagniappe.
Since this type of fishing is already in a winter time type pattern, it should be smooth sailing for the next few weeks. We should be able to take advantage of the shorter runs, despite the cold weather. Capt Tom only had to run 3 miles on Friday and said they did not even have time to get chilly. We are open 365 days a year and still have boats open most days. We even have boats going out Thanksgiving morning this year. Give us a shout if you wanna get in on the great cool weather fishing.

****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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Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 7:48:16 PM

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