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Seadawgg

Latimer, MS USA

Hafta-Du....if it's some type of mono, yes I would change it .....if it is a braid it most likely is useable.......if it is faded, you can re-color it by using a yellow hi-liter permanent marker.....use a sharp knife to a cut a split in the tip and pull the line out tight and go at it!....I like to let it dry at least over night and anything longer is even better....all my reels, whether mono or braid,regardless of the way it is rigged, I use fluorocarbon leader and again, regardless of what style of fishing, I personally feel it very important to be able to watch your main line....as far as line size 30/10 or 40/12 main line [10lb. or 12lb. leader material]seem to work best for speck fishing....personally, I have become a braid only fan and can't really think of anytime that, even super monos, are better than braid.....the only thing about braid is, that you must be softer on the hookset or you can easily tear the bait/lure from a specks soft mouth......hope this helps!.......

Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 6:58:43 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

It has been one heck of run the past few months. The guides are having more trouble finding time for repairs, maintenance, and family then anything. The only thing that has remained constant the last week has been the heat. We have gotten flat calm seas, with no wind one day, and breezy/choppy the next. As usual, the calmer days have found the boats way to the south in the LA Marsh. We have had some familiar Shore Thing faces around the dock all week. My dear friend Scott Emmel, his wife CJ and his Dad Joe were in town. Scott usually takes his R&R from the Army back home in Bay St Louis. We have been on some "interesting" trips over the years. One trip many years back, involved a trip to the ER for yours truly. I slipped getting off the boat and busted my chin wide open(5 days before my wedding). This go round, it was much more fishing than bleeding. I did take a split shot weight to the forehead, but it only left a scratch.
In the nice calm seas, we covered 70 miles that day. His wife CJ caught her first ever speckled trout, shark, and bull red. Scott an I have tried for years to get him a triple tail. Happy to say, he got his first and second. Both were tagged n released, but still cool to finally scratch that one off the list.
With the unbelievable amount of bait(rain minnows, pogies, mullet) in the marsh, the fish seem to have too much to chose from. When you find fish, they are both fat and stacked up. Capt Kenny got to enjoy an all out bull fish feeding frenzy with the Kitchens Crew. Mrs Cynthia and her grandson Guydon got treated to big fish knuckle busting brawl. Luckily Guydon, now in his mid teens is bigger than almost of our guides. Fighting big bull reds on light tackle is just up his alley. The bull reds have been rather thick inside the bays and around the shell islands of the marsh. Most of the guides have been seeing them crashing through schools of mullet and pogies. The bulls reek havoc on the speckled trout fishing, but lord are they fun to catch.
With the younger anglers heading back to school shortly, the next generation has been represented well on all the boats. Capt Darren had a lil fella on his boat earlier in the week that even brought his own pole. Capt D found a mess of school trout and put that lil dude to work. He chuckled pretty good telling the story. The reel ratio on those "snoopy" type poles is less than 1 to 1, meaning you have to reel like a 100 times to get a couple of feet of line back. Capt D said lil man could cast his bait as far as the adults but about wore himself out cranking in trout because his line was so far out. The entire crew was tickled pink seeing the lil guy put in work.
The Mikell crew had a good one earlier in the week too. They mainly fresh water fish in central MS, so when Mike, Erin and Sam got introduced to our saltier fish, it was something to see. Sam did most of the work on the trout and drum. Mr Mike was able to grab a nice slot red, but Mrs Erin got big fish honors with her huge sea monster. Fish du jour, had to be the huge triple tail we saw on the surface on our way home. Sam wrestled the big fish in, an I told him he was probably the only person in his school that can say they did that today.
Capt Matt was treated to an oldie but goodie this week. "Tugboat" Joe was in town with his friend Roxy. Joey has been fishing with us for over 8 years, and was on the first few trips the Late Great Uncle Jessie McMicheal (RIP) made with us. Joey is absolutely ate up with red fishing, and Capt Matt is one of our go to red fish guides. Even though the slot red fishing on the east side of the marsh has been on the slower side, they made it look easy. Joey never leaves home with out his Matrix Shads and Boat Monkey Corks.
Somehow got hoodwinked into working a double on Tuesday with the bunch from Guice Offshore. Brothers Nathan and Billy Guice booked the date, but both thought they were both fishing and the other one was off. Billy wanted to fish the morning and Nathan could only bring the kids in the afternoon. Long story short, I topped the boat off with fuel and  ran both the morning and the afternoon trip. The weather was awesome on both outings. Billy's crew dropped out, so it would just be he an I. We set up on some trout, in a shallow lagoon (2 feet) over some shells. The lagoon was one giant moving ball of bait. The trout were right against the banks of the points and smaller islands. I can only assume the reason for that was because of the big fish slashing through the bait fish. All around us were: dolphins, bull reds, jack crevalle, and sharks. We were working on some stud trout. I was throwing the Boat Monkey over a Matrix shad and Billy was throwing live bait under his Boat Monkey. One 3 foot spinner shark put an end to our fun when he ate my soft plastic and freaked out against the bank. We did find some gigantic bull reds tailing in shallow water. Billy had caught one earlier in the morning, and wanted nothing to do with them. He was fishing away from the bank and had just put a hearty flounder on ice. "If your gonna do it, just get it over with", was all he had to say and I launched a big finger mullet right in front of a brute. I have caught a few big ones over the years, but this one kicked my butt. I was fishing with my Okuma Ceymar 30 on a very light rod. Pretty certain, I was the weakest link in that chain. We got the big girl in the boat, snapped a few pics and let her go to fight another day.
That afternoon Nathan brought is youngest son Deacon and his lil buddy Carter. Glass calm seas, I think we only saw 1 boat in the marsh all afternoon. We were drifting big live baits through the big schools of pogies and rain minnows for big fish. What a freaking day! We had big sharks actually circling the boat, big jacks and bull reds smashing the pogies right next to us, and massive tarpon rolling in every direction. Nathan an I were trying like made to get one of the tarpon to eat one of our mullet, but the other critters would give them a chance. If the baits were in the water more than a minute, the sharks or jacks or bull reds were nailing them.  It was non stop big fish action, but very very frustrating not being able to get those tarpon. We will be back to settle the score with the silver kings...
Capt Matt an I ran a 2 boat trip thanks to a blast from the past, Joey Beattie. The winds kept us in close but this crew had me and Matt in stitches all day. This rowdy bunch, led by Brett "The Cajun Buddah, or T-Buddah" kept things interesting to say the least. Joey an I were catching up from our high school and USM gossip while some big ole fat keeper trout were coming over the rail. Our crew Noah and Jeb did fantastic drifting big live baits over some of the structures without snagging up. Had to break out the net more than the fish ruler, and that is always a good problem. Capt Matt crew housed our boat on the big fish, they stayed hooked up on the drums. One of the guys on his boat, Marcus, had never caught a fish. When Matt introduced him to our resident black drums, he made a friend for life. We sent the merry band of misfits with several bags of fillets to The Blind Tiger in down town Bay St Louis to have their fresh trout cooked. Another day in paradise...

****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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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
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Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 4:36:51 PM

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Hafta-Du

Bay St Louis, MS USA

I have a used reel that came with yellow line
Any pros or cons on yellow line ... I typically fish
for specks ....do I need to change color line ....if
so what do most use for color-brand-line
strength - flourecarbon -braided ???
Iam not opposed to the yellow line ....
Just never used it

Thanks for any input 😎

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 10:09:10 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Kind of having to go for the best bang for the buck the last few days. Some of the last few days the winds have kept the boat fishing in MS waters. We have been working in the protected waters and putting it together with some trout, reds, flounder, drum, sheepshead and drum. Looks like after today, the weather is getting back to normal, and we will be getting back to the LA Marsh more often.
We did have a fun one on the last trip over there. Had the Griffen boys and their Grandpaw. We were trying to get the boys to bring home a pile of trout to feed the masses. We did not load the boat, but while we were fishing, big rafts of mullet were swimming by. The youngest Griffen asked, "can you do anything with those"? I told them I use them to catch big sharks, bull reds, and Jacks. Grandpaw put his pole up, and informed me, "you did it now". Two casts and two live wells slap full of huge mullet later, we were sharking.
The mullet never made it more than 5 minutes. The bull sharks were massive and the boys would have stayed there all day. We put one of the bigger ones in the boat for pictures and released the rest. I have caught some big sharks over the years, but these were some of the biggest I have seen in years. On the big fish note, still punishing my big Okuma Spinning reels. The Azores and RTX in the 80-85 class are absolute beasts. Have not found a fish that they cant handle. We also got a bonus on the way home, a big fat triple tail.
Customers have really enjoyed tagging the smaller fish. Seems like every other day, we are catching tagged fish or someone is catching the fish we tagged. Very little is known about these amazing fish, and we are more than happy to assist with the data collection on them.
One of the better near shore trips this weeks was on Capt Kennys boat. Shore Thing Gold Status member, Bruce Hall had a fantastic day in close. Kenny had the hot hand with the big trout and the bull reds. They were bouncing around the reefs doing the stick and move routine with live bait on the bottom. Bruce has been on some amazing trips and always brings the best luck with him, usually in the form of his fish slaying wife.
Every so often our customers bring us or make us gifts. Got one of the cooler ones I have seen in the mail this week. Professional Photographer Daniel Van Slyke was out at the Cat Island House with us earlier in the year. One windy afternoon while the rest of the crew was resting, he and I went exploring the island. He was taking pictures of the island, water and wildlife. I was taking pictures of old shoes that washed up on the beach. For what ever reason, those old shoes are everywhere. I told him I wanted to make a collage with the pics, just cause it was out of the ordinary. He downloaded my pictures and told me he wanted to make it. He had all the equipment and know how to make it happen. Could not be more pleased with the coolest and oddest custom poster in the world "The Footwear of Cat Island" . You rock Daniel, Thanks man!!!

****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 6:44:37 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

In response to Hafta-Du,

Call Ronnies Reel Repair 228-323-0157, he is in Bay St Louis. All of guides with Shore Thing Fishing Charters use Mr Ronnie. He can fix anything from ultra lights to big game reels. If you need a good cleaning, or a major repair he is the man.
You usually are just waiting on the manufacture part order, and not him. He is honest and trustworthy, if it isn't worth the money to fix, he will tell you. Been using him for many years and have no intentions of going any where else.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 7:35:34 AM

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Hafta-Du

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Anyone in the Bay St Louis area know of a
reel repair place...... gotta couple of
shimano calcuttas need to be gone thru and  
cleaned oiled and greased right.. i oil
the bearings regular but you know how that
goes........ thanks for any info

Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 9:41:10 PM

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fisheater

Biloxi, MS USA

Well its hot. But if you get out on the water before daylight and fish until 730 it is still good. Me and big bryan went tuesday morning in the eastern mile of the state. ended the short morning with 24 specks and 2 flounders. the water was dirty from this relentless westerly wind. used electric chicken cocahoe minnows. Big bryan put it on me so I had to switch to that ugly color.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 12:06:50 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Man o Man, the past several days have been fun. That morning west wind kept us on our toes all week long. Almost all of the trips we ran on the windy days were of the near shore variety. The fishing has been incredible on the MS Near shore trips. This has come as a welcome treat. A couple of days ago, the heat index actually 113 degrees!!! Taking advantage of the early morning cooler temperatures, we have been encouraging our customers to meet us very early.
We did make it out to Cat Island earlier in the week. Our good friend Katie Delaup came all the way in from Texas to do a little shark fishing. We had an absolute blast battling big black tip sharks around the island.
The drum fishing on the windy days was outstanding. Sure we all like catching trout, reds, and triple tail. Some days mother nature does not let you go where you want. Monday through Friday we had the same weather everyday. It would blow 15-20 almost all morning long. Around 11 the wind and seas would calm down and it would pick up again after 2pm. While the winds were howling, we beat up the reefs, bridges and shorelines. Many of the crews got treated to some great fishing very close to home. We tagged a pile of triple tails this week. We even caught 3 fish that were already tagged!
The winds finally left us alone over the weekend and into Monday. The boats that went over to the LA Marsh were able to get in on some great trout fishing. The flat calm seas for the last few days has allowed for some ample opportunities to look for triple tails. Saturday, Capt Alex and the Pepper crew went 6 for 8 on triple tails. Two of the fish they caught were the tagged ones.
Capt Kenny has been working been on some beautiful trout over some shells. When he bags the school the trout fillets with the big trout fillets, a dozen of the fatties fillets fill the same gallon Ziploc as 25 school trout do.
The amount of bait that is in the MS Sound is unbelievable. Acres of pogies, rain minnows and mullet have been out there. We have been pulling piles of bait fish out of the trout and triple tails. The schools of lady fish have been out in the deeper water. When the crews have been wanting to pick a fight with a big critter, we have been drifting big baits through them. The big jacks, bull reds and massive black tips and bull sharks in them will blow your mind.
Jus hope the pictures can tell this story much better than I did, we have not had much of a break the last few months.
****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

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Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 7:21:33 PM

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Rick

Biloxi, MS USA

Question? Has everyone chose to ignore all of the news about the Vibrio Bacteria? Their is another man that got scrapped by barnacles while trying to un snag his net. BOTH his legs? Well Not me! And you all, well hope it is not someone you know to be the next victim! BP?

Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 12:24:30 PM

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LaPioneer

Bay Saint Louis, MS USA

In Response to Roger, How did you make
out?  Two weeks ago my neighbor used
Lemon Head Matrix Shad and limited out.  
I'm out of pocket for another 10 days
but should be on the water after that.  
Try the Lighthouse with live croakers,
did well there last week.

Sunday, July 19, 2015 @ 7:08:30 PM

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Oneofthepack

Slidell, La United States

In response to One More Cast

                                                 TEAM JO-JO

How did your trip turn out, did you get any takers for a crew?

Good Fishing

Team Jo-Jo & Oneofthepack

Sunday, July 19, 2015 @ 8:11:56 AM

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Roger

Long beach, MS USA

Thinking about heading out to Taylor
reef in the morning.  Just wanted to
know if they are biting and what they
hitting. Under a cork off the bottom
etc.. any help would be great

Thanks

Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 5:11:46 PM

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LaPioneer

Bay Saint Louis, MS USA

Sorry for the duplication

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 8:22:40 PM

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LaPioneer

Bay Saint Louis, MS USA

Had Doug, Rebecca, Josh (godson) and
his girlfriend Jessica come into Bay
Saint Louis at the Mississippi House
to do some fishing with Jeffery and
I.  Left first light on Saturday to
fish Chandelier.  Found lots of huge
lady fish but only a couple of trout.  
Had a great time for the first time
to the islands.  The second day, only
Josh, Jeffery and I was up for a
fishing trip.  Went out to Brush
island in some rough water only to
find dirty conditions.  Moved around
and found some trout and a big bull
red (released to fight another day).  
Went back to the camp to cool down in
the pool for the rest of the day and
they left for home.  Still had some
croakers from Saturday so Jeffery and
I took off to the light house.  Found
some big trout for about 30 minutes
and then the bite went away.  Ran to
Flatboat to pick up a couple more
trout but only in the 2 lb range.  
Working for the next couple weeks so
keep the lines wet and stay safe out
there.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 8:21:47 PM

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LaPioneer

Bay Saint Louis, MS USA

Had Doug, Rebecca, Josh (godson) and
his girlfriend Jessica come into Bay
Saint Louis at the Mississippi House
to do some fishing with Jeffery and
I.  Left first light on Saturday to
fish Chandelier.  Found lots of huge
lady fish but only a couple of trout.  
Had a great time for the first time
to the islands.  The second day, only
Josh, Jeffery and I was up for a
fishing trip.  Went out to Brush
island in some rough water only to
find dirty conditions.  Moved around
and found some trout and a big bull
red (released to fight another day).  
Went back to the camp to cool down in
the pool for the rest of the day and
they left for home.  Still had some
croakers from Saturday so Jeffery and
I took off to the light house.  Found
some big trout for about 30 minutes
and then the bite went away.  Ran to
Flatboat to pick up a couple more
trout but only in the 2 lb range.  
Working for the next couple weeks so
keep the lines wet and stay safe out
there.  

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 8:05:48 PM

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One More Cast

Long Beach, MS USA

I am wanting to fish this coming Saturday out of Pass Christian or Long Beach, MS. My fishing partner can't come and can't go alone since I have had some health issues. Looking for anyone interested in going with me and sharing costs. I have a 19' Whaler Outrage and love to fish. Where we go is weather dependent, but I like hitting the La Marsh and sometimes run out to Chandelier/Freemason. Maybe some close in rigs. I have a live well and try to carry some live croakers. Email me through this site for more information. Need someone with good luck, lol.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 3:46:05 PM

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Fisherman

Brandon, MS USA

This is the first time this has happened to me. Saw the birds diving coming back from Cat Island on Tuesday, we ran across a school of Redfish in a feeding frenzy. This was about a mile out from Long Beach Harbor. We cast our line and all three hooked up. These fish were so worked up the mud on the bottom was churning. Well, when we hooked up, they never stopped. Spooled our line out and snapped a 17 lb test line. Oh well, lesson learned, have a big reel ready when you see that. As soon as they appeared, they were gone

Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 8:50:16 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

It seems like the best way to insure a good day in the marsh, is to leave good ole Capt Sonny on a near shore trip...
I was having a grand old time with Hoyt Williams and his crew fishing in close. We were enjoying the flat calm seas and good fishing in the Bay. I got a text from Capt Kenny later in the morning that said all the boats are done. I honestly thought the lack of wind and high heat index got the better of them. We went about our business whacking on the puppy drum and big sea monsters. It was too perfect not to go triple tail fishing so we ventured out into the MS Sound and started seeing fish. Did not have to look hard, think we saw 5 or 6 before I saw Captains Darren, Matt and Kenny rolling in. We stayed a little while longer and grabbed 3 good triple tail, tagged one and missed a big boy.
I knew I was in trouble when I was easing up to the dock. The dock was literally covered in fish and they had one more fish box to unload!
Hoyt was a good sport about it all. We had fished the day before in the marsh and had a good day but no where near that good of a day. We had caught some nice reds back in some shallow lagoons, wrestled with the big jacks, grabbed some flounder, got a nice triple tail and even boxed a couple sparkle trout. But pulling back up to dock and having to walk around 300 freaking fish was humbling to say the least. Adding salt to the wound was seeing that the pile of trout sprinkled with flounder, red fish and triple tail! The 3 boat trout slaying crew all had on jerseys that said, "Happy Campers". Don't think Shakespeare himself could have written that one any better...
Friday, I had a crew that could only do a near shore trip. The Rolands just wanted a couple of hours before the heat got to be too much. Couple of hours was all it took. Mrs Norma had the hot hand on the bull reds, she got 2 of their 3. Mr Mack did get a nice bull and a couple of big trout. Jeff was giving the big black drum hell. No matter where he threw his bait, he would hook with the big sea monsters. Great way to spend the morning with some good folks.
Since I was on a near shore, that had to mean the boys in the marsh were skull dragging trout. True to form, they did great! Capt Kenny had a full house on board with Chad, Mike and the boys. They came in with a full fish box of trout, 125 to be exact!!! This crew Stayed at the Silver Slipper Hotel and Casino, so they did not have far to go for hot showers and the best buffet on the MS Gulf Coast.
The Mighty Capt Matt was fishing the same bite with Capt Kenny. He had John n Lynn Sabin on the boat. They were able to get their 50 fish and enjoyed a nice ride home from the LA Marsh. Both crews were using live bait to locate the fish. When the bites would get more frequent, they would switch it over to the plastics.
There was a Captain Kyle sighting this past week. He spent the day out at the Chandeliers with Dr Mack and Wally. This WAS NOT A SHORE THING CHARTER, but we did have a consultant on the boat... Just happy to see Capt Kyle getting in some sea time with the Boathouse Gang. Also, they slaughtered the big trout, got their 75 and came home early.
We had 6 boats out on Saturday. I rolled the dice and worked my way backwards. Had Kelsey and Gordon along for the experiment. The amount of boats on Fridays and Saturdays out in the LA Marsh has been mind blowing. I was gonna check a spot in close, look for triple tails early and then hopefully grab the tail end of the morning trout bite. Our first stop, Kelsey got a nice bull red and a big sheepshead. They had never caught triple tails, so that was gonna be our go to fish. We must have check a hundred bouys and only saw a bream sized one. When we got to the "party" in the marsh, it was at the end of the tide, little to no action, and not much in the way of trout. Burned some more fuel and went back after the triple tails. Hit one little hot spot on the way home. Tagged three small ones and Kelsey got one nice keeper. Late morning trout fishing in July is not a safe bet FYI, but triple tail fishing is....
The boats that left early and were set up trout fishing at first light did well. Not as well as Friday, but not too shabby either. Kenny had Chad, Mike and the boys again. They were in the 50's, but anything was gonna be hard to top the day before. Capt Darren was rolling with Mr Harold Doll and the "Doll House". That family has become trained killers when it comes to trout fishing. Mr Harold even landed his first ever triple tail, they found it swimming under a dead black drum (RIP).
Capt Jimmy was easing and pecking with the Lott crew. Capt Ray was making his live bait work for him with the Jones gang. Flat calm all day, and hot as all get out.
Sunday Funday, we got a little surprise when we got to the dock. All the boats were rigged and ready to make the jump to the LA Marsh. A stiff north west wind was making what our buddy Sid Leblanc calls the "Sucka Sea". Coming off the shore, the winds don't kick up the seas till you get a couple of miles out. The NW wind can "Sucker" you into going long and making you pay for it on the return. Capt Kenny had his cousin, Scott Kerr in town, with literally a baseball team of kids. Kenny, myself and Capt Darren took out the entire dugout for a near shore trip in MS waters. Everyone was from Oklahoma, so this was like Candy Land to them. They did not want to leave the wide open gafftop catfish bites. When we introduced them to bull reds, big trout, and huge black drum, they were already asking the coaches when could they come back.
Capt Ray was out with the Vargas Crew. He was working some shore lines and putting a serious dent in the local flounder population. One of the young guns on his boat wanted to try some fly fishing. Capt Ray turned him loose and found him some takers. When we were talking with the young angler at the dock, he was very humble. On flies he tied himself, he caught trout, redfish and triple tail. I told the young man, "Dude, you are one of very people on the planet who can say they did that today". Even got a smile out of him with that...
****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
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Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 6:03:22 AM

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One More Cast

Long Beach, MS USA


 Call to Action  
Final vote on red snapper allocation scheduled for August
Anglers have last chance to comment on much-delayed Council decision

    If you blinked, you may have missed the recreational red snapper season in the Gulf this year. Set at just 10 days, the 2015 season contained exactly one full weekend for Gulf Coast families who may have wanted to catch a red snapper. With the fishery healthier than it has ever been, a federally ordained 10-day season is indefensible.

    The problems with federal management of red snapper are too numerous to mention, but one simple thing that the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council could do at its next meeting in August is set the recreational allocation of red snapper accurately. The current allocation of the red snapper fishery between commercial and recreational sectors was set in 1991, using bad data from the early 1980s. Among the options available to the Council to fix this situation is Alternative #9, which would result in a significant shift to the private recreational sector just by partially fixing past errors and inaccuracies in the feds' own data.

    Recreational anglers have seen their access to the red snapper fishery steadily taken away in recent years and that is due in large part to the fact that the allocation was never set correctly in the first place. Alternative #9 is the Gulf Council's chance to begin to fix 30 years’ worth of mistakes.

    The red snapper reallocation process has dragged on for years, stalled and opposed by groups who like the status quo and prefer to restrict angler access to the red snapper fishery by any means. Throughout this process, CCA has asked its members to make their voices heard many times and you have come through again and again. This leg of the process concludes in August with a final vote and the opportunity to finally set the red snapper allocation correctly will not come around again any time soon.

    Please take a few minutes today to visit this LINK (also pasted below) and ask the Gulf Council to approve Alternative #9 of Amendment 28. Ask your friends to do the same. It’s that important. We’ve been told that form letters and cut-and-paste comments “don’t count” so it is critical to make your opinion known in your own words. The comment period closes on July 20.

    There are many things that need to be fixed in order for recreational anglers to have the kind of access to red snapper that they deserve, but setting the allocation correctly is a huge first step. Thank you.

Comment here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0146

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 @ 6:37:29 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The last few days have had plenty of highs and lows. None of the Shore Thing guides have had much of break. The wear and tear on the boats, tackle, and brains is beginning to take its toll. Running on pure instinct, but some incredible catches have hit the dock. I know many of the stories will not get told, but that is why we take pictures. Last Friday, was one of the biggest combined catches to hit the dock. Almost FIVE HUNDRED speckled trout hit the dock! We had 6 boats out enjoying the great fishing.

Capt Alex was with me, fishing with the Minor Crew. Our two boats were the last ones to arrive to the best trout bite we have seen in while. We did have to make one quick stop on the way to them. Henry picked up an almost legal triple tail. The fish measured 17 and 3/4 inches, so it go the photo/tag/release.

Captains Ray, Darren and Jimmy were finishing up when we arrived. Capt Jimmy was fishing the world famous WRBA crew. Capt Ryan had the other half of this crew, fishing near shore. After we traded jabs with Stew on Jimmys boat, we picked up right where they left off. Just glad we had plenty of live bait available. All the fish were caught on live shrimp under the Boat Monkey popping corks. The boys had the fish pinned against a shallow shell bank, in about a foot of water. Capt Darren was well in the triple digit club on his trout with the Doll Family. Gotta give credit to the kids on that boat, they have become fish slaying machines.

Capt Kenny missed the shallow water bite, but he was doing just fine with the Dean Team. Capt Kenny was set up at the mouth of a drain in about 3 feet of water. The trout just kept feeding into the morning and they were not gonna leave em to find em. After seeing how many boats were out in the LA Marsh, Capt Kenny made the right call staying put and working on those fish.

Spent the rest of the 4th of July weekend fishing in close on near shore trips. With the random storms, staying in close turned out to be a smart play. We found some nice trout, bull reds, black drum, sheepshead and even a small bull shark.

Monday, my old buddy from the Clarion Ledger came down. Brian Broome wanted to check out the shark fishing, just because we have never fished them together. We headed out to Cat Island and just drifted through schools of lady fish. Got to play with some black tips and bull reds, even missed a small triple tail.

Tuesday one of my most favorite crews to fish with Chris, Kathy and General Bill were on the boat. The General was about to ship out to go fight the bad guys, and wanted to fish a little before leaving. Kathy "Cat Fish Queen" was given a new title, since out fished the boys. She will now be called, the "Red Fish Queen". She put on a clinic with the bull reds and the boys were speechless.

What trout we did catch, were right next to Capt Darren, with the John Hurst crew. We were catching a few, but they were killing em. John was nice enough to let us set up inches from them to enjoy the fun. Appreciate the invite John and Capt D!

Minus the fatigue and a few minor bumps and bruises, the summer time fishing has been really fun. The trout bite has been challenging at times, but there is plenty to keep us busy. Between the redfish, white trout, black drum, triple tails, sharks and big jacks, there has been a lot to choose from. When one bite slows down, we just change gears and go look for something else to pick a fight with.

****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 @ 6:24:09 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

When mother nature is half way decent to us, the fishing has been enjoyable. No way in heck we are gonna hit on every trip, but here are some of the high lights over the last week. The boys ended last week with a BANG! Last Friday, several hundred speckled trout hit the cleaning tables. While me and the mighty Capt Matt were getting ready things ready at the Cat Island House, the rest of our fleet was in knock down drag out trout brawl. Several of the boats hit the triple digit mark, and the ones who didn't were carrying less than 4 people(25 trout per head). When David Jones and the boys showed up, we headed right over to the LA Marsh to pick up where the day trip boys left off. Local tooth yanker, Dr Trey Sutton was a welcome sight. He opted to take his own ride to the island, via his 22 panga. He made a few stops along the way and brought some tasty house warming gifts. Dr Trey showed up with 3 slot reds and a big ole fat cobia! That afternoon was to be the best weather we would see on our 3 day adventure, but even on the not so nice days we had fun. Since we had a pretty decent box of trout, we went after some big fish on the windy days. Where ever we could hide, we loaded down the boats with chum(lady fish, mullet, spots) and plenty of adult beverages for the boys. Matt an I let them have fun while we got the sharks, and jacks rolling behind the boat. When the sun started dipping low, we just eased back to the house and had a gourmet meal waiting on us.
True to form, Chef Frank "The Real Deal" McNeil, knocked everyone's socks off yet again. His boiled shrimp, etouffet, gumbo, and fresh fried fish were painfully delicious. We even brought pies, cakes, and homemade peanut butter cups, it was not a health conscious trip...
Back on land, the trips that did run were of the near shore variety. The trout fishing has been getting better and better everyday in close. The pogies, rain minnows and mullet have been moving in thick. I fished the tail end of that Jubilee last week and had trout smashing sand eels and shrimp on the surface of the water. One of the coolest things I have seen in a while. One of Capt Darrens near shore trips went straight from the boat to The Blind Tiger Restaurant (TBT) in downtown Bay St Louis with their catch of trout, red fish and sheepshead. TBT cooked their fish to perfection. I challenge anyone to find a fresher tasty seafood dinner on the planet. TBT has been hitting home runs with the fresh cooked dinners with the fish our customers have been bringing in. Thanks TBT!!!
We came in Sunday from Cat Island, and went right back out Monday with the Bodamer Boys. Paul gave his son Brandon this trip as a High School graduation present. They brought several Bodamer men and some family friends. Most of the crew flew in, so they were not keeping a lot of fish. With lingering summer time squalls, all of our fishing was done in an around Cat Island. I made the early run out to do a lil house cleaning. Actually, who ever makes the early morning run gets to fish the island at sun up. Actually was a decent bite. I was throwing a skitter walk and had one streak where I got 9 blow ups on 9 casts. Only caught 4 but it was nice way to enjoy the solo sunrise. Somehow, "The Mayor of Cat Island", Walter talked me into cutting grass around the house. For anyone who has ever wondered about weed eating at Cat Island, it is painful. Sand spurs, aka Rock-a-Chaws launched into flesh from a weed eater at Mach 6 will just about bring you to tears.
Capt Kenny was joining me and Chef Frank this go round. The entire 3 day trip was a competition with these guys, and it kept things fun. Every outing, they were competing for the biggest and the most fish. Young Brandon claimed plenty of biggest and most titles. Some of the bull reds that these guys caught were into the 40 inch club. The sharks were a crowd favorite, and they were plentiful. Several of the guys in the crew said they were biggest fish they had ever caught! We had some black tips over 75 POUNDS! Capt Kenny even nabbed an undersized cobia drifting one bar on a chunk of lady fish.
Most of the pictures we post, the guys send via text messages. While we were out at the island, I got a picture sent that got a pretty good smile out of me. Capt Jimmy Ray was fishing with Mr Harlen Massey. Capt Jimmys dad is hunting buddies with Mr Harlen. The picture was of Capt Jimmy and his dad sitting over a mountain of trout. Very seldom do we guides get to enjoy this great fishery with our own families. For Jimmy to have his dad on the boat must have been one heck of a treat. Nice work J-Ray!!!
Even in the wind and rain, the boys have been putting together nice boxes of fish. Capt Alex called us all in on a bite that had flounder, red fish, speckled trout and black drum on a recent near shore trip. Rumor has it, Cliffe Laborde dialed in a pretty good puppy drum bite?... Capt Darren and the Wrecker boys were pitching live shrimp deep under the Boat Monkey Popping corks. We watched some pretty nice fish fly over the side of his boat. Young "Clarkie" was after big fish, so we left that bite with a few flounder in tow. He has caught big sharks and big triple tails with me, his dad and Grandpaw. We introduced him to the Sea Monster black drums today. He was a trooper, and caught some pigs but he was flattened when it was all over.
As usual, we are just playing the hand we get dealt when it come to weather. If its bad, we either wait it out at the dock, reschedule or cancel. If it is rough but do-able in close, we try to offer that option. When it is nice, we make the long run, and cover as much ground as we can.
Safe to say there is gonna be some boats out this 4th of July of weekend. Please be safe and courteous to other boaters and fisherman. Be mindful of your wake, and if you think you are too close to someone you probably are. DMR will be out in full force, so make sure if you gonna be drinking to have a designated driver. Yall get out there, catch some fish, and have some fun!!!
****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 6:54:06 PM

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Blackie

Ocean Springs, MS USA

Any advice on spots to wade fish between
Ocean Springs and Gulfport? I have never tried
it before, but would love to get into it. Any times,
spots, special techniques, or any other advice
would be greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 7:50:42 PM

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ladia

long beach, MS USA

Do anybody se King or Spanish Mackerel ?  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 9:08:22 AM

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One More Cast

Long Beach, MS USA

We are having a huge fish kill in Pass Christian to Gulfport with jubilee running in the early morning. This could signal big trouble for fishing later this year.
I know this will be disappointing to Snapper Turtle, but MS DMR is opening a Mississippi Red Snapper season July 16- October 31 due to our reporting of actual fish catches and not swags by the feds succumbing to commercial fisheries bribes.
Lastly, I was able to launch last Saturday evening for a short trip to the La Marsh and found enough trout for dinner. I also had problems with the new slippery steep launch in Pass Christian.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 5:57:29 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The boats have been running all over the place the last few weeks. We have had our fair share of windy days. The trout fishing did somewhat slow with the dirty choppy water, but on the calmer days, it got much much better. From the LA Marsh, to Lake Borgne, to the near shore reefs, to the Bay, to Cat Island, the boats have not had much of break. Gonna try to tell some of the stories, but there is no way we can recap all of it. The guides have run 30-something trips since the last report, so here are some of the highlights.

We had Trent and the boys from Interior/Exterior in town for two days. 9 guys on 3 boats were out to have some fun in the Sun. We did one day in the LA Marsh and one day in the Bay. I honestly think they had more fun in the Bay than anything. We did see a few trout, some reds, a few flounder and tagged some triple tails down south. The newcomers were blown away with the size of our drum and how close to the beaches they were catching them! Over the two days, the boats covered some water, and it was not the calmest conditions we have fished in. The best tactic in the marsh in the less than perfect conditions was fishing with the Boat Monkey Popping Corks. Using either a live shrimp 18 inches under it on the 1/0 kahle hooks or keeping the plastics on and tipping them with dead shrimp. The birds were working in a few spots, but very few of the trout measured. The bridges and reefs for the drum in MS waters were all dead shrimp on the bottom rigs.

Got to fish Nathan Guice and his boys twice this week. The first trip, it was just his youngest son Deacon. It was his choice what we got to do. He wanted to catch "big stuff". We fished in close for the mutant sea monster black drums till he begged us to stop. Deacon, with a lil help from Dad, put one in the boat that had to be close to 45 POUNDS! Deacon asked if we could try for some sharks, so we scooted out to Cat Island. While we were catching a few lady fish for bait, we decided to drift some chunks of bait through the feeding fish. Took all of 5 minutes before the first bull shark hit. The first one did not break the triple digit mark, but it looked to be around 70 or so pounds. A few minutes later we hooked one in the 50 pound range(both photo and release). Deacon was spent after that so we started to head in. He told us to stop if we saw a triple tail. The only thing we passed on the way in had a fatty on it. One live shrimp and one cast was it took to land a plump 21 incher.

Two days later his older brother Tyler, 2 cousins Hunter and Austin joined Deacon and Nathan for round 2. The Sea monsters were not a problem this time. Austin is college bound, so we put him to work on the bigger ones. It was rougher that morning, but got calmer as the day went on. We eased back out to Cat Island and found our schools of lady fish. Big brother could not let little brother have the bragging rights in the house. No shark mixed in with the lady fish this time. While we were firing the Boat Monkeys into the feeding the fish, the big Jacks and Bull reds came up to the surface to smash them. Got to do it all on light tackle! Missed more than we caught, but the little guys had a freaking ball. Got chased in by a storm, but most of the boys slept on the ride in.

Saturday, the Silver Slipper Casino booked 7 of our boats for a VIP Fishing Tournament. Gotta give it to the folks there, they know how to have a good time. The night before, they hosted a Captains party for all the guides and fishermen and employees involved in the Tournament. They had categories for biggest trout, red, most fish, least fish and few others. Capt Darrens crew won for biggest trout. Capt Brians boat got biggest red. Capt Kennys boat was the Cinderella story of the day. They did not know that black drum was not allowed for biggest fish. It had to be a "big fish" from the other categories. They loaded the boat with puppy drum and brought in a huge sea monster. Turns out, that even though they had plenty of take home fillets, the fish did not count towards the big fish category, or any category for that matter. In turn, they actually won for least amount of weighed fish. The prize was the same as first place, and crew was thrilled. Very nice that all of this took place seconds from the Silver Slipper Hotel and Casino in Bayou Caddy.

Got to spend Fathers Day weekend with some of our most favorite regulars. Got to spend Saturday with "The Mayor of Cat Island", Walter Gaudin and his family. His sons Dano, Gino and grandson Baylor were along for the day. Baylor called the shots, so again it was a day of big fish. He got to catch his biggest drum ever. Since they were staying at the island house, we got a chance to fish around the island. We were actually trying to get sharks, but the big jacks were the only ones that wanted to play with us.

The best news of this last stretch has been the outstanding trout fishing! The last few days, most of our crews have been mopping up on keeper sized specks and big white trout. Capt Matt has been set up on some oyster reefs doing some damage to the trout. He has jigging drop shot rigs with incredible results.
We got treated to a wave of clean water and huge amounts of jumbo shrimp as well. The "Greedy Rigs" came out this week. When the bites kick into overdrive, break out the double rigs. It's all fun an games till someone gets a double lady fish or dual sail cats.
Had my old pal Ryan Morales and his lovely lady friend Alexandra in town early this week. Have not seen Ryan in almost 13 years. We did plenty of "catching up" over one of the best trout bites I have seen this year. Even went 1 for 2 on big triple tails on the way home. Alexandria had more fun on a big jack Crevalle than anything.
Capt Ray took Kirk Edrington and his dad out while the bite was still hot. They were able to get their limit with Capt"Slay" Ray. Ray is a big fan of the live shrimp under the Boat Monkey Corks.
Even got home in time with my Jimmy Marlowe and his sister-in-law Peggy. We set up on one flock on birds/trout that were Pushing against a bank. Capts Matt, Darren, and Kenny all joined in on the skull dragging. We pulled the plug early, 10 fish shy of our LA limit. Reason being, was that we  were 10 fish over our Jimmy Limit. 30 trout or 10:30, what ever comes first when fishing with ole Jimmer.
Lastly, on a safety issue, had a scary thing happen Saturday morning in the Pass Christian Harbor. It was my first time using the launch on the East Side of the harbor(New Side). I launch my boat every day I fish. Just last year I launched my boat well over 200 times, at several different launches, without any issues. That launch appears to be a bit too steep, and had has ZERO traction. Once gravity took over, even with the parking break on, my truck just kept on sliding into the water. For once, the junk in my truck saved me from totaling it. With my hand on the brake I was able to grab an old receiver hitch and chock the wheel to prevent it from going in the water(busted my butt getting out of the truck on the slick ramp). The launch was soo slick, after I was able to get my boat off the trailer, my tires were spinning with an EMPTY TRAILER. Picked the boat up, later that day, on the west side of the harbor(Shaggys Side). I heard 2 other trucks have already taken the plunge at that launch. Hope this issue gets fixed quickly before someone gets hurt.

****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 3:42:27 PM

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latimer

latimer, MS USA

Barry you do not need steel leaders off the piers with freshwater tackle. just rig up some drop rigs and get you some dead shrimp and have fun.

Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 7:31:19 AM

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LaPioneer

Bush, LA USA

Fish Ranger - Thanks for the advice.  
I'll be on the water again the week of
July 4th in my light blue Pioneer 220
Bay Sport.  There are three of us but
mine has a white Power Pole.  If you
see us on the water, give us a shout
out.  Thanks again, Scott

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 7:41:30 PM

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Barry

slayden, MS USA

Inland fisherman Coming to biloxi on
family trip to fish on Piers and shore.
..will only have big fresh wAter rigs??
Not looking for trophies juzt a few
fish.
Thanks in advance for any tips.do I
need
steal leads?

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 6:05:56 PM

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barry

slayden, MS USA

Inshore fisherman coming to fish off
the piers and shore fishing.  Never
fished in the ocean. Do I need steel
leaders for everything or just certain
species? I will be using large
freshwater gear. Any tips? Trophy fish
aren

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 5:14:19 PM

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Fish Ranger

Bay St. Louis, MS USA

LAPioneer, here are a few of the spots that I have had luck at,the marsh around the mouth of Bayou Lacroix, Cutoff Bayou (where it starts off the Jordan, where it comes to Cutoff Lake [VERY SHALLOW stay in channel], and where it goes into the Bay), all the small bayous that enter the bay north east of Cutoff Bayou (also shallow in spot), and Catfish Bayou both ends where it meets the river and the bay.  Depending on the boat you have you may want to run out in the bay to Grassy Point and Whitfield Bight, about 3 miles from the mouth of the Jourdan towards the smoke stacks.  Fish the point and cuts around the point toward the DuPont plant.  I use mostly live bait on a popping cork, but have seen others doing ok on artificial. All spots mentioned can be found on google maps.  Good luck!

Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 2:41:12 PM

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Big Bryan

Biloxi, MS USA

NEW moon not full moon, but three days leading up to either is hot hot hot.

Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 2:03:02 PM

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Big Bryan

Biloxi, MS USA

While fisheater is away,me and latimer will play :) He was jabbing us about anyone being able to catch fish leading up to a full moon. Well not to let him down, we had 30 fat trout yesterday and 30 fatties today. East jackson county useing saltwater assasin sea shad and mullet colors. WOW is all I have to say! He just texted me with some pictures of a BIG shark caught off destin. will try to post.

Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 2:01:31 PM

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LaPioneer

Bay Saint Louis, MS USA

Just bought a camp off Bayou LaCroix.  
I've fished a lot on the outside of the
train bridge but looking for some areas
inside the bay or areas around the
Jourdan River to take the grandkids.  
Thanks in advance.  Scott

Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 8:49:34 PM

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fisheater

Biloxi, MS USA

Well I have'nt been since filling the freezer with snapper. Will be in florida for the next week but for those wanting to catch trout ya'll need to hit them hard next few days. New moon is saturday and usually the trout bite is hot leading up to it, so hot that it makes everyone look like trout slayers.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 7:16:46 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Absolutely incredible fishing this week. Everyday seemed to be the same weather pattern. We got a little chop on the ride over to the LA Marsh. By mid morning it would lay out, and then get a nice calm ride home. In between, we did get to do some fishing....

They boys have run close 40 trips in the last 7 days. We somehow fit a Cat Island trip in the mix. There is plenty that will be missed in this report, but that is why we take pictures.The trout fishing this past week, was the best we have seen so far in 2015. Some of the boats started checking the shell bottoms with big shrimp and croakers on the Carolina rigs. The big trout have been there, but the numbers have not been (at least for us). The school trout and bird trout have been the best thing going for the majority of our trips. The best part of the week has been breaking out the double rigs and skull dragging trout 2 at a time!!! The steady action on the school trout has completely depleted our stocks of Matrix soft plastics. By the end of the grind we were using the old school sparkle beetles with the red dots. Capt Alex used a term to describe these baits I have never heard, "The Menstrual Minnows". Been on the water more time than most, and less than some but that was a first for me.

We have really enjoyed working the boats and charters together. Several of the days, we have put 3 and 4 boats on the same schools of trout. Last Tuesday, we had Nathan with me, The Hardy Boys with Capt Ray, and Team "Chartreuse" with Kenny. All three boats basically played leap frog with the boats to stay on one school trout. We had to run in a little early to stay ahead of a storm line, but we all came in with good catches of trout.

We have seen some old friends on the boats and at the dock this week. Brennan Compretta brought his boys for a Birthday trip on Sunday with Capt Ray. One heck of birthday party, they came in with 60 something trout and some big reds.

We had some groups come for a couple of days. The Bryant group did a LA Marsh with Capt Alex and did a near shore with me. They got a taste of great speckled and white trout fishing. We played with the sea monsters in the Bay. Tried to do a little shark fishing, but only managed to get a few jack crevalles to eat the baits.

We have run a couple near shore trips in an around the Bay. Even in murky water, the fishing has been incredible. The big sea monster black drum have been giving the Okuma reels all they want. Still getting the puppy drum, red fish, sheepshead, and a few speckled trout. Even seeing a few triple tails in close! These trips have been a fantastic way to "beat the heat". Leaving early with the short runs, you really get to enjoy the best parts of the cooler early mornings.

Captains Kenny and Matt, along with Chef Frank "The Real Deal" McNeil spent the weekend 7 miles offshore at the Cat Island House with Shawn and the "HERO" group. They got treated to some good weather, great food and fantastic fishing. I was not on this trip, but I am sure one or two adult beverages was consumed on the island by this band of misfits. They fish hard and play hard, but are always a lot of fun.

The Hurst crew got treated to nice mess of fish, compliments of Capt Darrien. These boys have had to reschedule several times this year due to lousy weather. Luckily they got one of the better days last week and wacked on the sparkle trout pretty darn good.

One of the most fun days last week was when Nathan came with his Millsaps buddy, Dr Rusty. We got their 50 specks and a mess of big whites, that in its self was awesome. The real fun was on the way home. We stumbled into a current line, loaded with trash and triple tails. Honestly, most of the fish we saw were juveniles. We tagged several small ones, and even dip netted a baby one. Rusty did get one 19 inch fish for supper.

Another Millsaps boy, Emile Craig was on board the day before with some of his buddies. The morning chop made for a slow start to our day, but we finished very strong. We joined Capt Alex and the Moore crew for a wide open trout bite. We put up the Boat Monkey Corks on this bite. The fish were holding deeper in 5 to 6 feet of water. We put the tandem rigs on and went to work. Emile had the hot hand and was slinging em in two at a time.

When it came time to leave, the engine would not turn over. While I had to switch over to one of my trolling motor batteries another charter boat stayed close by to keep watch over us. Many thanks to Capt Paul Leoni for sitting on standby. Our other boats were on their way in and out of radio range.

FYI, when you purchase a new battery, take the extra 2 minutes and have them test it. Two days/trips later, I had the same issue. When I brought the brand new battery back, they tested it and told me the cells were bad. Got in a rush, and I paid for it. Cost me several hours of much needed sleep switching batteries. Assume NOTHING!!!





****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

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Sheila

Ocean springs, MS USA

So, Is it true? "Beachwater" had a guy on his boat (2) weeks ago, WE all know what happened. And you ALL will too!!!

Concerned

Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 8:29:55 AM

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Snapper Turtle

Bay St. Louis, MS USA

I could careless about Snapper fishing / Snapper Season , soo tired of all the whiners !!!
Rules are Rules !!!
Fish & BE HAPPY , Thank God your able to fish !!!! some people can't even fish so stop whining allready !!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 3:38:14 AM

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One More Cast

Long Beach, MS USA

Who else is unhappy about only getting one weekend to snapper fish in federal waters? What can we do about it?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 4:20:49 PM

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rick

ocean springs, MS USA

Went out last week snapper fishing, did pretty good, tried a few wrecks and caught 10-18lb nice snapper. Lots of small fish too 16-20inches, So why don't they open the season longer for us?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 @ 12:26:36 PM

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One More Cast

Long Beach, MS USA

I enjoyed a long day on the water this past Saturday with Mike Lane and Wanda Stewart. We launched out of Pass Christian and headed South. There were the remnants of strong storm over Breton Sound which made the trip out choppy, so we headed towards Freemason to ensure going around the storm. We crossed Chandelier at the South end and started looking for deep water. We started fishing rigs at 40 ft deep and caught several smaller red snapper, and tossed them looking for bigger ones. We ended up in 180 ft of water and found a rig with one other boater tied on it. After asking their permission to tie up on the other side, we began fishing in earnest,although still catching smaller size snapper. We were about 72 miles SSE of Pass and had traveled 99 miles getting there. (19 ft Boston Whaler Outrage w/ 135 Evinrude) Mike and Wanda were real warriors but we needed to start heading back in. We stopped back at about 80ft depth region and Mike and Wanda caught a nice snapper while a big Jack Creval kicked my butt. We continued back in and tried catching trout at Chandelier and Freemason, but were too worn out to put more into it. Pointed back to the Pass and made it in with the fuel guage saying we were really close. Upon refueling, I still had at least 15 gallon of reserve, which made me feel better. Very long day with over 158 miles traveled over the water for 1 big and 4 small snapper, but very much a learning experience. Mike and Wanda were great fishing buddies and I would recommend bringing them out anytime. I'll let Wanda post the pics.

Great catch today fishing with RodnReel Mike Lane and Mark Williams

Posted by Wanda Stewart on Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 @ 11:24:40 AM

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seabird

metairie, LA USA

fish the pass christian side of the bay
around all the scores of busted up
piers.  flounder on the bottom. should
pick up some trout/reds.

Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 8:44:25 PM

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Wayne

Bay St. Louis, MS USA

Anyone willing to tip off a fellow fisherman and tell me a good spot to fish in Bay St. Louis off the shore to put my son on some reds or flounder he is just starting out I would like to make it enjoyable for his first time fishing.
Thanks in Advance , Wayne

Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 5:56:50 PM

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seabird

metairie, LA USA

trout around Door island / Point
saturday.  the live shrimp were so
small, the plastics were just as good.
skunked at cabbage reef.

Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 5:39:27 AM

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John A

Biloxi, MS USA

Planning to fish for snapper on Tuesday but notice there is almost no tide that day. Will snapper bite when  there is no tide?

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 10:25:29 AM

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fisheater

Biloxi, MS USA

No,talking about tuesday. Big Bryan went again thursday. they are mad at the snapper. another skull whackin. this is the best offshore weather i have ever seen for snapper fishing. fill up the freezers.

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 10:06:57 AM

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latimer

latimer, MS USA

fisheater were those idiots back out yesterday or are you talking about tuesday???????????

Thursday, June 4, 2015 @ 1:47:17 PM

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fisheater

Biloxi, MS USA

Well latimer you missed another good day. Me, big bryan, his brotherinlaw and 3 youngsters had 12 snapper ALL over 18 pds. thats right. AND 5 ling off the same standpipe. we were chumming snapper to surface and ling. to the idiots in the brand new sea hunt bay boat: when you see someone tied up or anchored and see a slick behind them don't ride through their slick.  

Thursday, June 4, 2015 @ 8:46:06 AM

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Sow Trout

Long Beach, MS USA

Mr. Bill,
   Sounds like I may have been wading near you
before. You know the funny thing about this type
fishing that "We" do, and are talking about is I
grew up here on the coast. I have had a ton of
fun fishing out of a boat and will never push
against those that do. I still have a boat but I can
honestly say that no one has ever waded right
up to me when I'm catching fish like was
happening to me before I started getting back
into wade fishing. Maybe it is the fact the people
that wade fish caint move to quickly to disturb
the feeding frenzy that allows me and my co-
wade fisherman to enjoy. And I have never had a
boat pull up on me while wading with the
exception of the BMR. Then again it may be that
I just am finally on to something and the
changing of times. I rarely go buy bait but if I do
it is next to impossible to get good bait without
having to stand in line at 4:15 in the morning.
Never the less I think I might have stumbled up
on the new way to go get em. Sure is peacefull
on the beach front. So many areas to fish. So
yea it is fun in the boat but sometimes it is more
peaceful walking across the sand in the water
and have the same kind of fun without all the
ruckus of fishing amount all the boaters because
it is getting really rare to be out in a boat with the
Bite starting and look up to see your being
invaded by boats from every direction. Just
laying your rod down to fool the guy in the boat
just passing watching to see if your catching fish
and then pull in on ya. That trick doesn't work
anymore. Maybe with all the artificial reefs that
have been placed has realeved some people of
this type thing happening. Would like to hope so.
I don't always catch fish but I always have a
peaceful morning most every time I go.  Good
luck Mr. Bill and hope to see ya wading one
morning. Yea and maybe I will post a picture one
day. But it's been years since I've showed my
catch. I'm sure some old pictures are archived.
Good luck and have a great any fishing.
Sow Trout

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 @ 7:47:44 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Pretty sure all the pics with this report are gonna tell the story, but I am still gonna try. We put up a few pics here, but there are over 60 on the Shore Thing website with the report

http://shorethingcharters.blogspot.com/2015/06/girls-in-bikinis-fishing-all-boats-have.html

We have been running non stop and on very little sleep this time of year. For the most part, the weather has been really nice. The boats have been scattered from right off the beaches in Waveland to way down south in the LA Marsh. All points in between have been fished as well. The trout, reds, drum, flounder, sheepshead, triple tail and even a few sharks have been keeping us busy.
Had 3 generations of Samson Men on Sunday. Roland, Skipper and John were out for a quick near shore trip. Gotta give it to Skipper, he did the most damage. The drum, sheepshead and red fish seemed to just flock to his shrimp. Very fun trash talking bunch of guys, that caught an absolute pile of fish, or Skipper did...
Capt Darren had the Montjoy family along with him on Sunday. Rae and Betsy brought the lil ones for a great day down in the LA Marsh. Rae is old school "coast trash", and yes that is a term of respect. Darren said they all did great on the specks, and they brought in around 40 something fish. Even got treated to a flat calm ride in. Saw them at the dock, nuthin but sunburns and smiles for them.
Monday, new comer Jerry Adams was in town with his son-in-law. They were traveling and not wanting to keep fish. All they wanted to do was catch a variety of fish to take pictures of. We were able to fish in the LA Marsh and on the near shore reefs. Covered plenty of water but it was well worth it. When the smoke cleared, we had caught: red fish, speckled trout, triple tail, black drum, sheepshead, bull sharks, croakers and several more in the trash fish category. To end the day with a bang, Jerry even went 1 for 2 on the massive gar in the canal.
Capt Matt was out with the Legrange crew. Gotta thank my old buddy Emile Craig for setting this trip up for Ed. Capt Matt said this crew could hold their own with the trout. The boys were able to use the live shrimp and the Matrix soft plastics to get well over 60 trout! Capt Matt even got help from Al at the cleaning table on the trout.
Capt Kenny was out with Cal and Mac. These two have been with Capt Kenny on some absolute trout slaughters. They got an early start and found some rather large sparkle trout. I got to see the fish back at the dock and they were fat. They even grabbed a triple tail and a red fish on the way home.
Capt Matt has been on a good run with the trout. He had the Johnson crew and was back in the 60ish club with the trout again. It has certainly worked in his favor that the shrimp we have been getting from Bordages Marina have been perfect sized. Not to big and not too small.
Tuesday, Capt Kenny was out with some trained killers, The Stringer Crew. Chad has been fishing with Kenny for years, and this trip was one of the better ones. They were able to get a big limit of trout, some triple tail and red fish, and looked good doing it. Days like that are why the boys have been coming back for years to fish with Capt Kenny.
And then we get to the 2 days with MS Toursim(Mike Jones), writer/photographer John "Bubba" Phillips, along with Bikini Models Meaghan and Allie. Mike and the good folks with MS Tourism do a fantastic job promoting the outdoors in the great state of Mississippi. The two days we all spent together were more about pictures than the fishing. As usual, just about every fish we caught resulted in 30 minutes of pictures. Safe to say, we completely shut down fishing at some of the reefs in the MS Sound on Tuesday. John even brought a blow up fishing inner tube boat, "The Bubba Boat". Between the bikinis and John floating around the boat snapping pictures, we got a few stares from the other boaters. We did do well  with the variety of species. We caught trout, bull reds, slot reds, sharks, flounder, triple tails, sheepshead, and drum. The girls enjoyed the small bull sharks we caught more than anything. Big Thank You to Thomas Genin and the staff at the Blind Tiger Restaurant in downtown Bay St Louis. They prepared their catch and knocked their socks off! Thanks TBT!!!
We have also been getting several calls about the Fishing/Lodging/Dinning packages with the Silver Slipper Casino, right next to our dock in Bayou Caddy.

Here are the basic details of what is included:



Fishing Charter Package Includes - $550 plus tax for the Barrier Islands, LA Marsh or the Chandeleur Sound.

·         One night stay at the Slipper

·         2 Buffets

·         4-5 Hour Charter

·         $25 per person up charge for the Fresh Catch option in the Blue Bayou

·         Price based on 1-2 people & $75 for each additional person.  12 an under fish free.

InShore Charter Package Includes - $450 plus tax

·         One night stay at the Slipper

·         2 Buffets

·         4 Hour Charter

·         $25 per person up charge for the Fresh Catch option in the Blue Bayou

·         Price based on 1-2 people & $50 for each additional person.  12 an under fish free.



Additional notes in regards to License *

               LOUISIANA CHARTER PASSENGER LICENSE

If you do not have a VALID Louisiana fishing license and you are going on a LA Marsh Trip, you will need a LA Charter Pass($10). In Mississippi waters you are legal under the boats license, but in Louisiana the Guide and the passengers are REQUIRED to purchase licenses. To purchase a LA Charter Pass:

Phone 888-765-2602

Internethttps://www1.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

Waveland Walmart (outdoor section)

460 U.S. 90 Waveland, MS


****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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiMDCa5OD6U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJjkK7ldsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0twtm3Bng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN7WxqYBly4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 @ 6:47:13 PM

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latimer

latimer, MS USA

Well we got them again yesterday, me fisheater big bryan and 4 youngsters. Had 14 red snapper all 15-20 lbs, 6 grey snapper, and 4 ling. Big bryan has a BIG cooler in his boat I think about a 300 quart and it was to the rim. Fisheater and big bryan went again this morning. we will see.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 @ 11:07:39 AM

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One More Cast

Long Beach, MS USA

Planning on fishing next Saturday and have an empty boat. 19 ft whaler, wanting to head to rigs south of Chandelier in am for snapper. Then finish day at Chandelier topping off with trout and red fish if the weather permits. Reply if interested.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 @ 8:31:45 PM

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