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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

One of the more "interesting" weeks on the water Shore Thing Fishing Charters has had in a while... I promise there is a good fishing report in here somewhere, but we have been having too much fun out at the Cat Island house not to share it.
Out of respect for the director, cast and crew we have had to keep a tight lip on what we have been doing out at the island. The movie is called "ISOLATION", it is kind of a murder mystery. Half was shot in the Bahamas and half at Cat Island. They needed the island for the Caribbean like scenery, more importantly a quiet place to film. In the movie, will be: Dominic Purcell (Blade II, Prison Break), Tricia Helfer (Battle Star Gallactica), Luke Malby (28 Days Later), and Marie Avgeropoulos ( Percy Jackson and the Olypian).
Shore Thing was contracted to assist with the island house, as well as to shuttle people, food and equipment. It was a massive task, so we had to call on our best corporate customer to lend us a hand. Nathan and Billy Guice with Guice Offshore sent two of their 47 foot Gaudet Deck Boats to haul all the heavy equipment and numerous people. My old buddy from captain school( circa 2002),  was none other than Captain Daniel "D-Rob" Robinson, manager of their deck boat fleet. We just hauled what needed hauling, but mostly moved boats to, "Get out of the shot"! I figured the best place to stay out of the way was to go fishing? Director Shane Dax Taylor was happy to send us out into the bayous around the island to fish for speckled trout red fish, and flounder. Only got to fish for small blocks of time, but we caught plenty of fish. Female Villain Marie Avgeropoulos even joined Capt Kenny for a quick trip to fish in a pack of rat reds we could not get away from in one of the bayous. Shore Thing has been on its fair share of fishing shows over the years, but this was a completely different ball game. The set was catered, very professional, and full of Hollywood Starlets. We thought the Mayor of Cat Island (caretaker of the house) Walter Gaudin was gonna have sensory overload. Even though we did not get to fish a whole lot, it was one of the coolest weeks on the water we have ever had. A very special Thank You to producers George Maranville and Brian "Murph" Murphy for allowing us to be a part of the whole movie making Cat Island Experience.
Think I promised to include a fishing report?....
While me, Capt Alex and Capt Kenny were making movie magic, Capt Matt was on the best trout bite of 2015! He had the Broom crew out on Wednesday and they did incredible on the trout and reds. Boy wonder landed on a school of fish in the LA Marsh and went to crackin on them. He caught more trout in one morning than me and Capt Kenny have caught all year (due to our love of puppy drum, sheepshead, and red fish). They got decent weather and came in with 50 keeper speckled trout. Capt Matt said all the damage was done on Matrix soft plastics( Pink Champagne, and Shrimp Creole) The Broom Crew even sprinkled a few slot reds and puppy drum in the fish pile.
Thursday, while Capt Alex and Kenny were at the island, I was out with the Morgan and Gray from the Gulf Coast Research Lab. They needed some flounders for a study they are doing. Seas were nice, but the water was filthy from Bayou Caddy to Bay St Louis. Was very surprised to see the fish we caught. The rat reds were at most of our stops, and we made many. Even wrangled a couple of nice speckled trout in the stained water, scientists gotta eat too. Only managed two flounders, but under the conditions, we chalked it up as win. We used live cocahoes on the bottom rigs all day long.

****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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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:58:22 PM

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fisheater

Biloxi, MS USA

its ok mr bill we all know them 12" fish taste better :) seriously I would like to see mississippi mirror Louisiana's creel and size limit on specks. it would clear up confusion and make enforcement easier.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 1:16:41 PM

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Mr. Bill

long beach, MS USA

i meant limit of 13-14" specks.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 12:50:15 PM

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Mr. Bill

long beach, MS USA

Took my nephew who is on spring break fishin yeterday, did;nt go out until 100..but launched at pass and fished a reef close by, we had a limit of 12-14" specks and 4 redfish for the grill.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 12:01:16 PM

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Latimer

Latimer , MS USA

Negative. Aluminum skiff. Glad you and
fisheater hammered em

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 6:07:40 PM

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big bryan

Biloxi, MS USA

Should of been at the spot today latimer,me and fisheater skulled them. had our limit of specks by 815 then targeted flonders and got 17 awesome morning in cumbest area. does your brotherinlaw have carolina skiff??

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 2:05:12 PM

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CCA Mississippi

Gulfport, MS USA


CCA Mississippi Live Catch Speckled Trout "Tournament"

Join CCA Mississippi for a fun Live Catch "Tournament" on May 2nd at the Biloxi Boardwalk Marina to support the Gulf Coast Research Lab by supplying live speckled trout from the Biloxi Bay watershed to be the brood stock at the fish hatchery. This is a fun opportunity to give back and is not so much of a "tournament" as it is an opportunity to help out. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for each fish turned in and we will have some prizes to draw at lunch. It is a FREE event and a great way to help out.

The SPEC Program has released over 800,000 fingerlings into our Mississippi estuaries. Come be a part of a great effort to build our Mississippi fisheries and expand the number of speckled trout fingerlings to be returned to the Biloxi Bay estuary.

There will be a meeting for fishermen at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the event. Instructions will be provided for the best way to keep fish live and make sure that they will produce thousands of fingerlings for the SPEC program. Additional details can be found on the CCA Mississippi website or you can email info@cca.ms.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 9:48:39 AM

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Latimer

Latimer, MS USA

YEP!! but brotherinlaw went back yesterday and only had 11. but he doesn't know how to fish :O,

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 9:34:24 AM

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big bryan

Biloxi, MS USA

Nice catch Latimer!!! Were you in the spot??

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 9:31:36 AM

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Latimer

Latimer, MS USA

FINALLY>>> got back on a trout bite. Went to bayou cumbest area yesterday and caught a limit of 14-17" trout under cork with live shrimp. also had 3 sheepies.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 @ 12:54:43 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Despite mother natures best efforts, we had boats on the water every day this past week. Yes, it rained most everyday, and yes we let our customers know what to expect. Had a few die hards willing to tough it out and fish close to home. I think every customer we had on the boats this week came dressed for the occasion, with full rain slicker suits. We are brutally honest with our weather reports, and let everyone know we would be fishing minutes from the launch in case of bad weather. Some trips left late to let storms pass, others came in to let weather go through and went back out to finish what they started. Jumping though hoops, the guides brought in some impressive catches and earned their money this week.

Going to the marsh was never an option, but with the fishing so good in close, who cares? We go through this Spring Shower stuff every year, this year its just a little wetter than normal. Things will get back to normal soon enough, but in the mean time we have been making the most out of it.

Thursday I think was the only day we did not get wet this week. We also did not cast a pole on our trip either. Capt Kenny and I took 11 folks out to the Cat Island House to do a little sight seeing. We got to spend a couple hours playing on the island, which is always fun. The large crew had their fill, and we headed home with a nice ride both ways.

Friday the meat sticks came out. We had 6 boats out and everyone was out for blood. Capt Ray had the Martin crew. My man Mike Wooten with Overhead Doors brought down 4 boat loads of workers. They have been with us before and these guys are hard core. Captains Kenny, Darien, Jimmy Ray and our last minute savior Capt Brian put on a 4 hour clinic with these guys. I had an old school regular by way of Destin, FL Judge Kelvin Wells and his buddy Ben. We were the last ones to the party, but when we pulled up it was a sight to see. All the boats were working together on a reef in 8 feet of water. It was hard to pick a spot to set up on, because it looked like every boat had fish on! Capt Brian had two rods doubled over with nice slot reds on, so we buddied up next to him.

The water was rough and dirty, we also had a storm building to the south but the fish just kept on snappin. I kept looking down the line of boats, and all you could see was landing nets flying around, it was just a fun day out there. Looked like everyone had the same attack plan for rigging, just shrimp on the bottom rigs. The water was so freaking dirty you had to get something smelly down there and just let it bring them in. You could almost watch the fish moving around from boat to boat. Had we not been so busy on our boat fighting fish, it would have been neat to just enjoy the show. Mother nature put a stop our good time, but we all got a mess of red fish, puppy drum, sheepshead, big sea monster black drum with just a couple trout and flounder. I did not leave from our dock, so I was the only one who got to clean fish in the rain. Making matters worse, the FIVE boats that left from our dock got treated to deer sausage hot dogs on the grill! Of all the days to leave from another launch...

All of our trips bailed for Saturday, but that did not keep our guides from getting on the water, or Island I guess? The Cat Island house is pretty much booked every week from now until mid July. We have been putting off our Spring Cleaning trip out there since everyone has been fishing, and Saturday was our only option. What a motely crew we had out there in the rain. Joining me were: Captains Kenny and Darien, Kenny's wife Jesse, Home owner Dr Don Gaddy, Chef Frank "From da Westbank the Real Deal" McNeil, and the Mayor of Cat Island Walter Gaudin. We went through the entire house, yard, deck, dock and every where in between. Just about everyone who goes out there (us included) leaves something. Overtime, this stuff becomes junk, clutter and in the way. We went at that house like a pack of spider monkeys. We filled up three boats with stuff to be hauled back to the mainland and or dumpster. Not what any of us wanted to do on our day off, but it is what needed to be done. Rain actually let up most of the day, and it is hard to complain being out at the island house. Chef Frank even made us venison burgers for lunch! To top it off, when we got back to the Boathouse (where we store our boats), Sid Leblanc, John "Bo John" Fagan, and Wally Thurmond had just laid out a fresh batch of crawfish on the table. Tough day at the island, but still a good way to end it.

We have an incredible life down here on the water, sometimes you just gotta suck it up and do whatcha gotta do...





****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, April 19, 2015 @ 7:19:44 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Believe it or not, but we have actually been out in this weather, EVERYDAY!!!! Yes, we have canceled and rescheduled most of our trips, but two groups were in town willing to make a go of it. The Austin crew was with Capt Kenny and I had the Clauss Crew. Both crews were in town for three days, but my crew was wanting only 2 days of fishing. The Austin crews has been with Shore Thing for years. All they come do is fight big fish, they keep nothing, just in it for the fight.
Since mother nature has been very very mad at us, fishing the last couple days has been challenging. It has been the same plan every time. Launch the boats as close as we can to the area we are fishing. Wait for our weather window, and take advantage of every second of it. If the weather got bad, we would run in and either wait it out, or call it a day. One of the days, Capt Kenny did the fish and wait thing all day till they got their fill. Think they went out and came in 4 times, gold star for Capt Kenny and the Austin Crew this week.
Despite the crummy weather, the fishing has been off the charts good on the reefs and bridges. Going to the LA Marsh with these forecasts is absolutely out of the question. About a mile from the launches has been about our farthest run.  Just using shrimp on the bottom rigs, the smellier the better in the dirty water. One of the slot sized reds we cleaned on Tuesday had a Berkley Gulp and a Matrix soft plastic (with the jig head) in its stomach! We have found soft plastics in fish stomachs before, but never have we found two in the same fish. Capt Kennys crew caught one with a jig head and soft plastic hanging out its mouth too! As long as it has been safe to fish, the bite has been good. Some of the boat rides we have been making are less than five minutes! Be lying if I said we have not been earning our paychecks this week. Shuffling the boats all over town, to get to the best water has been exhausting. My crew was keeping fish, so we had to trailer back to Bayou Caddy to clean them under the roof over our cleaning tables. Even with limited weather windows and dirty water, we have been doing incredible on the slot reds, puppy drum, bid sea monster black drum, sheepshead and even seeing a couple speckled trout and flounder. Really can't wait to see how the bite is when this weather stabilizes. It has the makings of an incredible year.
These are the days you are glad you have a Sport Trail Trailer, they are tough as nails. I don't even wanna think about how many miles we have trailered boats this week. Honestly though, it has been worth it, just had to bring a change of clothes each day to work.
Some of the days we fished in the rain, but we don't ever fool with the lightning. I did finally get caught in one squall tying up at the dock, we just waited too long to get in. Best part of the week has been the Marine Patrol coming to check on us at the launches. Even though they are shaking their heads at us for going out, it is nice that they come out to check that we are ok. Physically we are all very well, mentally that is a whole different story....

****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=hr0twtm3Bng

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 5:13:14 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Good rainy day indoor activity if anyone is getting cabin fever. USM's Catch More Fish With Science is talking Cobia this Thursday. Dr Jim Franks will be there, FYI he is one of the leading researchers on the planet for cobia, sharks, triple tail and a few other critters. Shore Thing will not be speaking at this one, but we will be at a few more later in the year. Always a great time at these things. Here is the link, and I tried to cut n paste a lil info off the site. Give it a try.

http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/mec/fishing.seminars.php

6 Fishing Seminars at GCRL


Thursday’s 6-8 p.m.
GCRL’s Caylor Auditorium
$30 per session
(Sign-up for all six sessions for $125)


Caylor Auditorium has limited seating, so be sure
to book your seat for these popular sessions.


Marine scientists from GCRL and local professional fishing guides are teaming up again this year to offer a series of six evening seminars that will help you catch more fish. We have kept some of your favorites from last year and expanded this highly successful series, adding new “fishcentric” topics and some activities to inspire you.

Each of our evening events includes an invitation to join us for a “mixer” after the seminar. We bring in a local guest chef to prepare dishes using the fish we are targeting that evening. Learn how to catch more fish with science, eat, mingle and enjoy!


Register Now!
If you prefer to speak to someone about registration, please call 228.818.8833 or email us at marine.education@usm.edu.  


Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 4:56:59 PM

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Wanda Stewart

New Orleans, LA USA

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 12:20:59 PM

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Latimer

latimer, MS USA

Danny said not to post it, most of the big fish were his anyways. :)

Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 11:34:19 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

In Response to J Land,

Weather permitting, I would not rule out seeing a triple tail in early May. I know all our guides will be looking for them. See you soon man, please bring us some good weather....

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 6:54:11 PM

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fisheater

biloxi, MS USA

Latimer, if you post that picture blur
out everyone and the boat, don't want
lurkers finding us

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 4:20:19 PM

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Mr bill

long beach, MS USA

J.land,wanted to tell you it's little
late for Kramer area. Concentrate on
near shore reefs, mouths of both bays,
and down the beachfront along old tore
up piers.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 8:18:40 AM

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J. Land

, United States

In response to Mr bill

Mr. Bill, I decided to wait for better weather.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 8:11:17 AM

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Mr bill

long beach, MS USA

Jland, did you make your trip in the
bay?

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 8:04:02 AM

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J. Land

, United States

In response to Palmbeach9

Thanks for the info!  As soon as this cold front
and storms pass I'll be out there. Good luck to
all. Capt Sonny, I got a ShoreThing trip in the
first week of May. Do you think the triple tail will
be in?

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 7:35:29 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Busy, Busy, Busy but we have had some incredible trips and some amazing news this past week. Finally got to catch up with Capt Matt and Capt Alex on their trip to Cat Island this past Tuesday to Thursday. Fonde and Garlon from Beard equipment brought a crew of 7 people for some island fun. The boys did a number on the drag screaming bull reds that have been all over the LA Marsh. They said they caught a few trout, but no huge numbers yet. Sounded like Chef Frank hit a home run as usual with the seafood, steaks and hearty breakfasts he always serves.
Friday was an interesting trip, but one of the better near shore we have had. Capt Kenny and I got up very early to get the boats ready. The wind was howling and the storms were moving in from the south. The Krueger Crew from Wednesday stayed in town to fish again on Friday. They were not exactly "roughing it" at one of the many rental properties we recommend to our customers. We have numerous rental properties we utilize, right on the water. The house they were staying at is on the Bay, sleeps 14 people, and has a private pier. We told them to just hang out and watch for the boats. When the weather broke, we just met them at their pier and loaded up there. Talk about front door service!
Made a 10 minute run and went straight to catching. They were betting again, this time for first fish, most fish and biggest fish. Before we even pulled back on the throttle, Capt Kennys crew had a red fish coming over the side. My boat was able to claim the biggest fish title again, with a 40 inch black drum. Honestly don't remember who got the most, but everyone caught plenty. Shrimp on the bottom was the winning ticket. Could not tell you how many bottom rigs we tied, but the snags kept us busy. We topped off the fish boxes right when the wind and waves were picking back up. Best part was while I was literally picking up the anchor, the boys were still brining in red fish that we had no more room for. With tails sticking out, we just eased back to their pier. The knives got a work out, we had 16 redfish, and a pile of tasty sheephead and puppy drum to clean. If their ever was a day to be in a redfish tournament! There is actually one going on down here this weekend. All the fish were fatties, and 6 of our 16 reds were just under 27 (LA Slot) inches. Six of the big reds were just under 30 inches (MS Slot). Very glad to see these tournaments are coming to MS, so people can experience our incredible fishery. Just wish they would include sheephead and black drum in them...
While we were cleaning the Krueger crew's fish, Capt Darren was delivering our new sign to be hung at THE BLIND TIGER Restaurant in Old Town Bay St. Louis. We have teamed up with the owner Chef Thomas Genin, to have our customers freshly caught/cleaned fish prepared by his cooks. This establishment is open air and over looks the Bay. Our customers have been thrilled to stay, fish, eat and "drank", in Bay St. Louis. With so much to do, and being so close together, the Bay is literally a "one stop shop".  It is such a nice treat for traveling customers unable to bring fish back home to have freshly caught fish prepared. Not having to cook or clean is a nice touch too. Our corporate, bachelor party and large family groups have all raved about how much they have enjoyed our "Kill it and Grill it Experience". Most of the groups just hand a bag of fish to the cook and tell them to surprise them. None have been disappointed.

****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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Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 3:17:53 PM

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CCA Mississippi

Gulfport, MS USA

CCA Fishing Seminars

CCA Mississippi will be hosting two fishing seminars in Hattiesburg on April 14th and Jackson on April 15th. Charter Capt. Speakers will include Capt. Britt Ordes from Big Outdoors Charters and Capt. John Falterman from Therapy Charters. In addition, we will be combining a little science to go with your tips and tactics from the guides and will have speakers from the Gulf Coast Research Lab to round out the evening.

There will be plenty of door prizes and as well. Be sure to drop by and spread the word to anyone in the area. Full details are available on the CCA Mississipi website.

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 3:08:25 PM

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Gulfport, MS USA

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CCA Biloxi Bay Chapter Drawdown

The CCA Biloxi Bay Chapter's annual fundraiser is coming up on April 18th and will be a Drawdown this year rather than a traditional banquet. (PLEASE SHARE) The event will be at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum and tickets will include
- Admission for two
- Great food catered by Chef Bryan Pisarich
- Live Music by Myles Sharp
- Open Bar
- CCA Membership ($30 value)
- Entry to the museum ($20 value)
- Drawdown prizes every 10th ticket
- Grand Prize of of $7500

The Drawdown is the primary fundraising event for the CCA Biloxi Bay Chapter and helps to fund much of the work that CCA Mississippi does with youth fishing events, education and advocacy work to protect the coastal marine resources that we all love so much. It's a great night out in support of conservation with a chance to win thrown in for good measure.

Tickets and can be purchased on the CCA Mississippi website Click Here, or from committee members by calling (228) 202-1833 or email info@cca.ms,

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 3:03:06 PM

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Latimer

latimer, MS USA

hey fisheater call me I lost your contact info

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 2:19:40 PM

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Palmbeach9

Ocean Springs, MS USA

J. Land  Try these reefs in Biloxi, Back Bay  D'Iberville bridge 3025.353/8853.469, oyster reef.  Fort Bayou 3025.254/8851.569, oyster Reef this is my favorite one in Back Bay.
or Goat Island 3025.344/8854.585, Limestone. Post back on how you did, good, bad or ugly!

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 8:00:54 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

This week has been great all around. For the most part, the seas have been nice, bite has been steady and crews have been up for anything. Monday and Tuesday, Shore Thing Veterans, The Watts Crew were back again. They have been fishing with us for many years now, and this was one of their better outings. Jim, Alexandria, and Annabelle only wanted to fish a couple hours each day, so we stayed in MS waters. The girls got to do most of the reeling. They put on a clinic for their dad on the red fish, black drum, sheepshead, flounder, and speckled trout. Don't think we stayed more than 3 hours each day, but it was enough to load the boat with fish both days. The girls have come a long way over the years. They used to not want to hold fish and cast poles. Now they can do everything on their own. We sent them back to Kentucky with a load of fillets and a bunch of pictures.

Wednesday, Capt Kenny and I were out with the 8 person, two boat Krueger Crew. Of course had to wager a little bit with these guys. The bet was for the biggest fish (length). We got very nervous when Kenny's crew pulled up next to us. They were slinging fish over the side a fast as they could get a bait out. Red fish, flounder, drum, and sheepshead were all taking an ice nap. All we had in the boat, was a good slot red. We made up the ground quick and had the big drum all around our boat. It has been a long time since my boat beat Capt Kenny's boat at anything, but it was our day. They got us on the numbers but we took the money with a 40 inch black drum! They crew returned with a good mixed bag for supper and take home bags of fish.

My good pals Chris Walters and Effie K were in town on Thursday. We have rescheduled this trip a few times due to weather. This was our last chance to get Effie out before she flies back to Canada (Americas Hat). We went for it and went to the LA Marsh. The cool thing about fishing with this crew is it is Prison Rules fishing, everyone for themselves. I get to fish with this crew as well, and they do not allow rod passing. Since I got to play, I played with my new toys. Chris is buddies with the Boat Monkey Float Man (Tommy), so we go to try out all the different styles of corks. With the wind at our backs, you could cast any one of the corks almost out of sight. We put some miles on the Boat Monkeys today, and some came back to the dock with battle scars from the schools of bull reds we were in. Not sure of the exact count, but it was safe to say it was the most bull reds ever to be landed on my boat. Chris an I guesstimated somewhere in the high 20's or low 30's before we all quit. Poor Effie could not move one of her hands by the end of the day. Chris has even worked at the Cat Island House once last year. Great guy to have on the boat for the day, he knows his stuff.

I fished with every one of my Okuma Spinning reels today (Helios, Trio, Caymus, Avenger). That Avenger 35 is my new favorite, it just the right size, holds a ton of braided line, and has some hoarse power.

Also got to try out a cool hand made topwater bait from my friend Andrew Hunt (local boy). It is a popping, kicking topwater shrimp. He cut the mold, poured, and hand painted the bait himself. Have been saving this thing for months for the right occasion, but it is almost too pretty to throw. Two casts was all it took to land one of the bigger bulls of day. I am big fan of the Savage 3-D shrimp soft plastic lure, but I think Andrew may be on to something with this hard plastic topwater popping shrimp. Very cool.

Captains Matt, Captain Alex, and Chef Frank "The Real Deal" McNeil just got in from three days at the Cat island House. Have not got all the details or pics from the trip. It will be included in the next report. Should be a good story....


****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, April 9, 2015 @ 7:24:06 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Cat Island , MS USA

Yes we have been fishing, and yes we will post a nice report when we get a bit more free time. Did want to share our new Youtube video for the Cat Island House. Captains Matt and Alex are out there now for the first of MANY trips we have on the books this year. Check it out, hope yall like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM9QOmFHe2g

If link does not allow you to click, just cut n paste it in your browser or go to Youtube and type in Cat Island Experience.

****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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 4:15:07 PM

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Hook'm

St. Martin, MS USA

ok...just got a phone call..a Ling has been caught just south of horn island.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 2:24:26 PM

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chris g

ocean springs, MS USA

Hi guys, recently stationed here and heard this was the spot for fishing info. Been reading the reports from the local guides (shore thing) and looking through their site. awesome pictures and reports. My boat will be arriving down here mid may and I'm thinking about booking a charter to "get my feet wet" with the mississippi fish and waters. hope to report on some fish soon!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 11:16:43 AM

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J. Land

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In response to Mr. Bill

Mr. Bill, thanks for the info.  I'm planning on fishing Bayou Bernard this weekend.  I'll get some shrimp and let you know how I do.  Thanks

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 11:11:02 AM

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Mr. Bill

long beach, MS USA

J land wit your bass boat you shouldent have any problums fishin ether bay louis or biloxi bay area. the trout or on the near rublle piles and reefs, go the bmr website for gps numbers. get sum livey shrimp 2 feet undur cark. good lu ck. oh the redfish ar always in marshy areas's.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 1:03:21 PM

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J. Land

Biloxi, MS USA

I fish in Biloxi and have a 17ft. bass boat.  I am relatively new to the area and would like to know where/how to catch these specs and reds in the back bay and marshes.  Any advice is much appreciated.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 11:14:59 AM

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big bryan

biloxi, MS USA

Great post Capt Sonny! Many many newbies along our coast who are boating, many of them get bad information about what size boat to run out to the marsh and islands in. It's not worth it especially this time of the year, water is too cold to drift in a life jacket after a non-self baling boat fills up with water and flips. you will die of hypothermia. keep safety first and don't try the marsh or islands in a small boat.

Monday, April 6, 2015 @ 8:31:25 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

From the Shore Thing Fishing Charters family, we would like wish everyone a very safe and happy Easter. Even though the last fishing trip was one of the most incredible ones of 2015 so far, it was not a safe one.
Got up very early on Thursday to get things ready for the Knoll crew (Bob, Beth, Jim, and Linda). They come every year in spring and we have had some great trips over the years. Judging from what the weather man was telling me and what I was seeing on the buoy reports, it looked ok. Even the usual tell tale flags and trees were not showing wind. Got everything ready, checked the reports one last time and headed over to the marsh. The ride over was choppy, hardly any spray and little to no pounding. When we got to the north end of the LA Marsh, it began blowing, really blowing. I set up behind a lee ward bank in a shallow bay. Only option was to drop the anchor. Luckily a few terns were working in the muddy water.
I had been hanging onto some large finger mullet from earlier in the week. Three lines went out with Boat Monkey Popping corks, rigged over soft plastics or live shrimp. The fourth one we threw out had the big live finger mullet. The poor mullet barely got wet before it got mauled. Every mullet there after was killed by a bull red. Some of them even got used twice and caught two bull reds.
I was able to get a signal, so I checked the buoy at Grand Pass in the Marsh. The buoy was showing winds at 26 mph!
Thank God we were able to catch fish where we were at because moving around was gonna be tough. Bob brought some antelope summer sausage for lunch, that helped pass the time too. When we ran out of mullet, we had boated 21 bull reds. Several had broke the lines, but very few spit the hook. We kept some of the smaller ones, so they could put them on the grill.
We were able to hug the shore line and fish in a deeper canal with the live shrimp. I was really hoping the winds would lay a little for a safer ride home. While we waited, we caught several nice sheephead, rat reds, and many trash fish. The winds only dropped to 22mph and thankfully it was out of the south. Thankfully there was no tide so we took a following sea the entire way home. I texted the guides on land to let them know we were heading in, and what time to expect us. Even radioed the Boat House in Lakeshore to keep them posted. Got home quicker than we anticipated, they even enjoyed the rollercoaster ride.
I don't want to scare anyone about fishing here, far from it. I just want folks to know that we don't KNOWINGLY bring people out into conditions like that. If the weather is bad, and the seas are rough, we don't go out! The wind has been howling over the holiday weekend and we have been seeing boats being trailered all over the place. I just hope people are being careful and not putting their families and friends in harms way because it is the only day they can get on the water. We had to reschedule many many trips this weekend and lost a huge paycheck.
When this front goes through, the weather will get much better and those fish will be there. The way things are looking, it looks like we are gonna have one heck of a Spring fishing season. Watch your weather, play it safe and please just be careful.
****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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Saturday, April 4, 2015 @ 8:12:01 AM

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fisheater

biloxi, MS USA

Big Bryan and me hit some  spots in and around bayou cumbest yesyerday morning. ended up with limit of specks and 8 sheepies all on live shrimp under cork. the wind may put a kink in plans for the next few days.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 @ 11:44:49 AM

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

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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.
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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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