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Team FishCall

Mandeville, LA USA

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Jeff

Friday, August 28, 2015 @ 12:38:40 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The last few days on the water have been very good. Mother Nature and the fish have been pretty nice to our crews. The red fish, triple tails and speckled trout fishing has been consistent. The big bull reds have still been around, and love em or hate em, they have been the biggest thing going.

Had a good one with Bruce McDonald and his Buddies. We hit a few spots in a different area than Captains Matt n Capt Kenny. Those two hit there trout early with the Wilkerson and the Shields crews. Sounded like they were using live shrimp working a current line over  a shell bar. We opted to stay put and work the broken grass shore lines for red fish. The guys working the trout were doing well, and the red fish were kind to us. When the smoke cleared, Capt Kenny had over 50 keeper specks in his box, and think Capt Matt was in the 30's. The bull reds visited every boat that day. We just kept on the slot reds and filled the box with them. Even got to do a little sight casting. Did not have one throw back, they were all perfect 17-19 inch fish. Still got to see a few triple tail, but they were smaller tagging sized fish.

Sunday, we had two groups of regulars on two fantastic trips. Capt Kenny was rolling the Fowler crew, and I was with the Jones Boys.  David had got his Dad Frank a trip for his birthday. These boys were really after triple tails, but we opted to leave a little early to go after some trout and reds. Capt Kenny was on a great trout bite, so we set up next to him. The Fowler boys were slinging trout over the rail when we arrived. The Jones father/son duo has fished with us out of the Cat Island House. They hit the ground running and grabbed 20 something trout very quickly. The standard issue bull reds showed and sent us packing. Both crews were really looking forward to triple tail fishing, and both crews got a good taste of it. The VHF told the story of the rest of the day. We would see or catch one, then you would hear Kenny, "got a good one in the boat", or "just tagged one". We missed two good ones, saw a bunch of smaller ones, and caught a slab. The Fowler boys with Capt Kenny tagged some small ones, caught two big ones, one was a 26 inch fatty, the fish was close to 20 POUNDS!
My buddy Nathan Guice was up for looking for triple tail all day Monday. Minus a few short stops, that is pretty much what we did. When I took the boat of the trailer that morning, I zeroed out the odometer and when I put it back on the trailer that afternoon it read 100.1 MILES! The triple tails were not very kind to us though, we only saw two small ones. Honestly, I would do it all over it again tomorrow. Luckily we made a few quick stops to break up the day. One stop we found some big trout, another stop was for flounder, and the last one of the day was slot reds. Long day on the water, and the triple tails were not cooperative, but that's fishing. Just glad we made our little stops, it did get us an inshore slam.
While we were covering the northern gulf looking for triple tails, Captains Kenny and Matt were easing and pecking on the trout and reds down in the LA Marsh. Capt Kenny was fishing with Party Pat Calhoun and Gluckstadts finest, Chris Crowson. They even ran into a couple of nice triple tails to go with their trout and red fish.

 

****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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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 1:46:48 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Good week of fishing, but a bad week on tackle. The weather has kept us on our toes, but we have been able to have some incredible catches. Earlier in the week, we actually tried to cancel our trips. Our crews were in town, and asked to try. Dewey with Sunbelt Properties was here on business and only had a small window to fish Wednesday. We stayed in MS waters and did incredible. We were able to catch Dewey and his buddy their biggest fish ever. We started off our day with a big bull red and their day was made. We topped it off with a few good trout and some sheepshead. While we were looking for some triple tails, we ran into what looked like a school of busting tuna! No, it was not tuna, but it was a big school of big bull reds and jack crevalle. They ate everything we threw at them. We got spooled, and lost several corks. One would smash the soft plastics and one would crush the Boat Monkey popping cork. A couple of the fish hit less than 5 feet from the boat! While we were out fishing, Dewey told me a horror story he had on his last charter, many years ago. They were not updated on the rough seas, and his entire family got sick. He was very appreciative we kept him updated on the conditions and offered to reschedule.
The very next day, we had storms to the west that looked pretty nasty. Gave my guy the option, and he asked if we could try. "Bad Weather" Burns Smith has been rescheduled soo many times on charter trips, it is just the norm with him. We just inched our way south, and kept a close watch on the storms. Burns was trying to scratch triple tail off of his bucket list. His buddies Keith and Chris were up for what ever. We got an early start and stopped off to check on some birds working down in the Marsh. We did find some keeper specks and many whites. The bull reds were right on time, and completely shut down our bite. We started our quest for the triple tails, but ran into more diving gulls and big jumping shrimp in about 4 feet of water. The triple tails got put on hold for a lil bit. Our half ditch effort put 23 specks and 20 whites in the box quick. We put our game faces on and kept on the triple tails for better part of the day. Many miles later, Keith had tagged a small one and we had missed another. FINALLY,  we found a stud and Burns was up. I have been using my Okuma RTX 65 spinning reel, with 60lb braided line for the bigger fish. Yes, it is over kill but it helps when the big ones wrap you in structure. This one got tangled up twice! Against all odds, Burns Smith can now scratch triple tail off his bucket list! We made one quick stop on the ride home and Keith got to settle the score with the bull reds. He caught a 40 inch behemoth, that was his biggest ever! Great day!
While we were running all over the northern gulf, the Mighty Capt Matt was punishing the slot reds and flounder. The two man Jones crew got their LA limit of perfect slot sized reds with a couple of fat flounders. Matt said they  just stayed put on a good clean shore line, and the fish kept coming. He said most of the fish that they hooked had a fish following them too!
I had a full house on Friday with the Mcdonald gang. They were staying at the "Big House" on Bay St Louis. Since we were fishing in MS Waters, I got up early and picked them up off the private pier in front of the house. The boys were in town from London, Alaska and north MS. We fished all over the place, from one end of the county to the other. At 6:15 AM, we even put not one, but TWO triple tails in the boat. Would not have seen the bigger one if he had not had such a white belly. Not sure if a triple tail has ever been on my boat that early in the morning? Had plenty of action, but most of it was too much to handle. We had fun with the smaller reds, and we found our big schools in open water again. We destroyed some tackle, and had nothing to show for it but sore arms and smiles. Cant believe I am typing this, but in 20 minutes, we went 0 for 6 on the big ones. Did not get spooled this time, but again, the fish were soo charged up, they were hitting the Boat Monkey Corks while fish were on the plastics and snapping the lines. We ended our day battling big sea monster black drums. We did get a few of the smaller puppy drums in the box, but most of the sea monsters schooled us. Those boys were flattened when I dropped them off at their pier.
We saw Matt here and there through out the morning, and he did much better with the smaller eater sized fish. He was fishing the Fletcher Family and they kinda put on a clinic at two of the stops we were by them. They landed on the keeper speckled trout at the first stop of the morning. Looked like they were flinging live shrimp under the Boat Monkey Popping corks. When we left them, they had at least 20 on ice. While we were fishing near them at one of the reefs they were doubled up on the big drum. It was tough to fish next to them, they all brought their A-Game.
Capt Kenny and Capt Darren had crews down in the LA Marsh, and they both did very well. Not sure of the tactics they used but they came in with full fish boxes. Capt Darren got his crew their two man 50 fish limit. Capt Kenny rolled in with 46 keeper specks, 3 big reds and one fat triple tail with the Moore crew. Good day to be on the water, it was nice n calm and the water was a pretty green.

****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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Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 5:42:07 PM

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PAT

biloxi, MS USA

Bait Box  228-219-3817

Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 4:54:38 PM

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Bill B

Hattiesburg, MS USA

Is the Bait Box on Pas River still open?  Thanks for any info.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 11:27:32 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

The bull reds have been a blessing an a curse this week. I don't think any of the trips down to the LA Marsh have not run into the big bulls. Since the shrimp, pogies and white trout have been mixed in with the speckled trout schools, the massive bull reds have been a part of every trout bite. Just when you get the trout rolling, the big reds come in and crash the party. For many of the crews, the fish have been trip makers, but for those wanting big numbers of trout, they have been the kiss of the death.

Earlier in the week, Capt Matt an I had Jason Smith and his boys. I knew I was gonna have some fun when the youngsters got on the boat, an asked "what can we catch with those big poles"? Dad was after some trout, so we got a few for the cause. The boys were all over the bull reds that kept interrupting our trout bites. We even got spooled by one of the bigger ones! We filled one of the live wells with a load of smaller white trout, and put all of them to good use. We drifted a few shallow oyster beds, and lady fish schools looking for sharks. Every single bait we set out got smashed and the youngsters would have stayed there till dark. Most of the sharks we caught were smaller silkies and black tips. The last one one of the day was huge black tip. While we were chasing the toothy critters, Capt Matt, along with the other half of the crew was putting a nice box of speckled trout together, and Jason was very appreciative. Everybody won!

We did reschedule several trips mid week, due to high winds and rough seas. We did get a good day in on Friday. Capt Kenny was out with the Tudor crew and I was out with two Army boys (Dustin and Clyde). My guys were thrilled with the big reds, we hooked two in the first few minutes of our trip. Don't really know how, but we even put a massive alligator gar in the boat for some pictures before we released it. Kenny and the Tudor duo were working on a good trout bite, so we left our red fish bite to go join the fun. We grabbed a couple of trout, but true to form, the big bull reds crashed the party, shutting down the trout bite. Kenny and his crew went looking for triple tails, and we went back to play with the smaller reds. Actually got to do a little sight fishing. Finding the reds was not so much a problem. Finding slot fish was a chore. The fish we found tailing in the shallow water were all 27-30 inches. It was fun pitching finger mullet to them, one of them completely swallowed a Boat Monkey Popping Cork feet from the boat! The only triple tails seen that day were smaller fish, Capt Kennys crew tagged several.

Saturday, me and Capt Matt had Boy Scout Troop 716 on the boats. The trip was set up by Scout Master Ray. Many of these young men had never been salt water fishing, so everything we did was amazing to them. We opted to take the troop on a near shore trip this go round. We fished the reefs, bridges and Bay. The boys had caught bass and catfish in freshwater, but had never fought a really big fish. We introduced all of them to our resident "sea monster" black drum. The Okuma spinning reels took a beating from the big drum, but the boys had a ball. I think our boat got more of the smaller eater sized ones, but Capt Matts crew caught and released some massive ones. Scout Master Ray took top honors on my boat with a 40lb pig. We played with some rat reds and white trout before heading to the barn. Very cool day, showing this young men a new skill, they did fantastic.

Capt Kenny and the Lamkey crew braved the chop and went down to the LA Marsh. In text book form, they got a decent mess of trout quick before the big red bullies showed up to ruin the speckled party. If you cant beat em join em... So they just had some fun with the big fish.

With the school trout showing up, most of what we have been doing has been on the plastics. Between the constant use from casting and repeated strikes from the bull reds, our Boat Monkey Popping corks have been getting plenty of use. I don't think any of our guides are using anything less than 30lb leaders, most use 40lb. If and when the water cleans up or the bull reds slack off a lil bit, we may downgrade leader size, but not likely. When the bigger trout get in the mix, switching to larger live baits(shrimp, croaker, mullet pogies) has worked well. Besides the big reds, the cat fish have made this a hit or miss option. The catfish have been rather thick the last few weeks.

All in all, the fishing has been fairly steady. We really have not had a long stretch of good weather in a while. I can only imagine, when mother nature gets in a good mood, things should accelerate very quickly from good to amazing. In the mean time, we are just fine makin it do what it 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:
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, August 15, 2015 @ 8:05:01 PM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Now that schools are starting back, and hunting(deer, dove, duck) seasons are just around the corner, the crowds on the water are much less. I was out today and only saw one boat all day! We are always happy to see other boaters enjoying the great outdoors, but it is nice to have a wide open bite to yourself sometimes. For the most part, the rest of the year should be like this and the fishing should be incredible.
Last week we had out work cut out for us, but we made it do what it do. The West winds were stout, but we are able to hide from it near Bayou Caddy. Our good buddy Mike Jones with MS Tourism was in town with a writer from the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Mr Larry Rea. Both Mike and Larry brought the wives, Laura and Mariam. Everyone worked their tails off, fishing in some tough conditions to get what we needed. Fishing with writers is not about getting big numbers, it is about variety. Rough and dirty water had the odds stacked against us, but this crew kept at it, and persistence paid off. In two challenging days of fishing, we caught speckled trout, bull reds, flounder, sheepshead, black drum and bull sharks. We loaded for bear and threw everything we had at em. At most stops, we fished with live shrimp, mullet, pogies, croakers, even lady fish. The boat must have looked like a porcupine with all the rods being fished out of it. We worked for them, but we got a nice mixed bag. The real treat came the evening after our first day of fishing...
Thomas Genin with the Blind Tiger Restaurant in down town Bay St. Louis, now offers sunset cruises on a tricked out Hatteras sport fishing yacht. He and his deck hand Marcello took us out for an evening cruise. We brought the wives and had an amazing time. I have run big boats, and have played in the Jordan River many many times. Gotta say, taking that yacht up river was freaking very cool! They had all the food, beverages and tunes covered. They keep the boat right behind the restaurant in the new BSL Harbor. Just another neat thing to do when you down here in God's Country.
Most of last week we spent fishing in close. The winds and seas prevented a safe trip to the LA Marsh. If we could have gone, the water would have most certainly been rough and dirty. The trout we have been catching in close have been pretty big, but no big numbers. The numbers should increase when the water cleans up. On the moderately calmer days, the triple tail fishing has been good also. Capt Jimmy Ray got his lovely wife Tiffany to hop in the boat after his morning trip Saturday. They went out in hopes of slinging some big trout over the rail. She is a trooper and showed her husband how it is done. The caught some fine trout for supper.
Did get to roll out the marsh today, with the World Famous JEM Mechanical Crew. Jimmy and "Catfish" Logan were along for the ride. Jimmy calls the trips at 20 trout or 10AM, which ever happens first. Got to come in a lil early, and even went over his "limit". As soon as we got to the marsh, we found a big flock of birds working on jumbo shrimp. We started flinging the Boat Monkey Corks and Matrix Shads. You got a fish every cast, but 1 out of every 4 was a keeper. However, if things continue like this into fall, it should be off the charts good! When the pogies moved in, the bull reds were right with them. We battled with three of them, and called it a day.
A huge Shore Thing Charters THANK YOU goes out to our friend Mike Jones with MS Tourism. This man has done an incredible job, getting the word out about the fantastic fishing opportunities in south Mississippi. He is always getting writers and television shows down here, putting our amazing area on the map. Thanks Mike, we appreciate all you do for the wonderful MS Gulf Coast!!!

****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, August 10, 2015 @ 3:33:04 PM

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Seadawgg

Latimer, MS USA

Hafta-Du:...I'm gonna' assume you are a novice fisherman, so if I give you some advice, and it seem that i'm being condescending, believe me, I'm would never do that. So, yes , I'm sure fish do see yellow line. That is why you need to use fluorocarbon leader line. I like about 30", generally. The yellow line is just the main line. Using main line that can be seen is a huge advantage, I think. When there is slack in the line, on purpose or not, you can see when a fish strikes your offering. You can see the line move or jump when you can not feel the strike. While we are discussing the use of color, let me take the time to address the use of red line. It is advertise to be invisible when in water, and it maybe, but if you read the fine print [always super important] it only starts to become invisible down around 30 ft., or so. A majority of the fishing in this area is much shallower than that. Hafta-Do, please, reread my earlier post, there are some other good tips there, like, the importance of using a "Spro" ball bearing swivel, to join the main line and the leader, other than keeping line twist out. The "Spro", and it must be the ball bearing one, is a tremendous advantage when trolling or working a lure when not using some kind of action, it keeps the bait from rolling or lying sideways or even upside down. I proved this to a friend one day while trolling in Fort Bayou. It actually was the first time we had fished together while trolling, and he was hard tied straight [no loop knot] to his bait. When I finished catching my limit, with my setup, he had 4 fish. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Also, every fish I caught was hooked in the roof of the mouth because my lure was running true like it was suppose to, and looked natural. To catch fish, you must not only know the fish's habits, but how to use the right equipment the proper way. That's a big part of fishing that makes it so much fun. Learning and figuring out all those little, but important, tricks. If for some reason, God forbid!, I could only partake of one hobby, it would be fishing, hands down!!.............later!!.....

Sunday, August 9, 2015 @ 9:30:07 AM

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Capt Sonny Schindler with Shore Thing Charters

Bay St Louis, MS USA

We have literally had boat loads of politicians the last few days. We have had plenty of ups and downs, mostly related to the weather, but for the most part, the fishing has been enjoyable. The bull reds have been wearing out both tackle an anglers. The triple tails have been cooperating and the trout have been keeping us on our toes.
Had three boats of Dentist out this weekend, thanks to Dr Randy Wolfe. Captains Alex, Kenny and myself took the boys across to the LA Marsh for a lil fun in the sun. Think the bull reds visited every boat, along with a nice mess of trout. We rolled in with right at 100 trout. Capt Alex's boat got top honors for biggest trout.
Got to run a trip for the Silver Slipper Casino with my new buddy Shawn. We stayed in close due to the winds, and had fun with the big fish. Was able to get him his biggest fish ever! Shawn bested a massive bull shark we found lurking in a school of lady fish. We were less than half a mile off the beach!...
Capt Jimmy Ray did number on the big trout with Jason Morrison and his family. Had to see the pics myself, they had a box of logs. Jason and his crew even nabbed a cool lil bonnet head shark and some big sheepshead.
The politicians started showing up on Monday. We had former Mayor of Hattiesburg, former Senator and current President of Awesome Town, Mr Ed Morgan. Arnie Headerman guides me around DC when I am up for there for fisheries management issues. It was nice to guide him and his buddies around for a change. These boys came down to catch their first triple tails. They showed up early so I talked them into working on the trout and bull reds first. They did well, but as soon as the sun came up, they were ready to roll. We put some miles on the boat looking for triple tails, but it was all worth it. Senator Morgan, Arnie and their partner Mike all got fat triple tails. True to form, we missed the biggest one of the day...
Capt Darien was out with the Mississippi Insurance Commisioner, Mr Mike Chaney and his lovely wife. He was getting a few hours in, early in on the water before getting back on the campaign trail(up for re-election today). They did fantastic in close, catching some huge trout in MS Waters. They even got to tangle with our back breaking sea monster black drum.
Capt Kenny has been keeping it slow steady on the trout, reds and triple tails. He was out putting a very impressive box of fish together with the Neff Crew. Kenny has been very consistent, something that has been very tough to do with the changing winds and weather.
Capt Darrien was cooking up a big helping of humble pie for me today. Had Bo and Mike along with me today. We got treated to a glass calm morning and a quick run to the marsh. Broke off 2 bull reds right away, and could not get a good bite of keeper trout going. Just picked a couple of keepers here and there. Did find a big jack crevalle and got redemption on a nice bull. Capt D  was with Mr Donnies crew and they crushed us on the trout. The winds got to howling mid morning, but they capitalized on a live bait bite over a shell key. Took it slow coming home in the side sea, but got home safely for our desert of humble pie...
Gotta thank the BOATHOUSE CREW (Sid, Ronald, Steve, Dylan, and Griffen), for saving my rear end again. I have been having issues with my running lights for, lets just say quite some time. They finally talked me into getting rid of those plug in lights that always corrode and break. They put in some cat eye LED's under the bow and a stern light on top of the engine cowling. Very pleased with the work, price and compliments the old Hydra Sports has been getting. Thanks Boathouse!!!

****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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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 6:39:07 PM

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Hafta-Du

Bay St Louis, MS USA

Seadawg .... So the yellow color of my line is not
visible to fish ? In our waters?
Thanks

Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 7:11:43 AM

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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
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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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...
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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!!!





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Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 4:50:02 PM

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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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