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New Years Fishing Report and Photos!!!

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  From all of us at Shore Thing Fishing Charters, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!! Our guides have all enjoyed a little bit of down time with their families. Now that the little ones are back in school, we can catch up on the reports. Yes it is chilly down here, but we have snuck a trip or two. Still been leaving a little bit later on the cooler days. The last couple days, when the boats were covered in ice, we played indoors. In between the fronts though, the fishing has been awesome. Actully got to spend a day up in the river, catching and releasing a pile of speckled trout. Mr Ralph was traveling, and didn’t wanna keep anything, so we just let em all go. It was freezing that day, and my hands were chilled to the bone. Even in the cold, it was a lot of fun. I couldn’t feel my hands though, so I didn’t complain too much that I didn’t have to clean fish… Usually this time of year, when it is this cold, we are strictly doing the sheepshead and drum thing on the reefs and bridges. However, we have had a couple of days when the conditions were picture perfect, and safe for a run down south to the Louisiana Marsh. Kind of ironic, that our last trip of 2017 was in the exact same spot of our first trip back in January of 2017. As luck would have it, the conditions and fishing were both excellent! This time, I had my good friend, and founder of the Diamondhead Fishing Club, Mr Gary Becker. We were joined by his buddy, Mr Alan from Tennessee. Alan really wanted to do battle with some redfish, so that is what we focused our attention on. The water was very cold and very very low. Sometimes the low water can be a good thing, and luckily this was one of those times. We were able to set up in the mouth of one narrow drain, leading into a very shallow pond. Almost all of the water was drained out of the pond, and there was one swimming pool sized piece of deep water left. In that deeper water, is where our red fish were stacked up. Right when we pulled in, you could see a couple of the fish tailing on the shallow edges of the pool. We were launching live cocahoes under the Boat Monkey Corks into the middle of the deeper pool. For about an hour we got all we stand. The fish were inhaling the minnows, smashing the corks, and keept us very busy. When the smoke cleared, we had our 15 fish limit. We also tagged and released several more big fish. It could not have gone any better. We did peck around the marsh for a little while, looking for the sparkle trout, but did not find much to speak of. We opted to make a little run and put our live shrimp to work on the big sheepshead. I really think they had almost as much fun with the big sheeps, as they did with those reds. It was still a little chilly for the ride in, and that was a good thing. The fish box lid would not close, so it helped to keep the fish cool. Just a great day on the water with some good fellas. And that how it goes this time of year for us. Just getting on the water when we can, and enjoying our time on land if the weather doesn’t allow. Give us a shout if yall wanna wet a line. If the weather doesn’t work out, we can hopefully move the trip to a better day. Looking forward to a great 2018, and we hope to see you on the water soon. Thanks ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a good BITE!!!

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  From the Shore Thing Charters family to your family, we would like to wish everyone a very safe and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Still getting out when we can, just having to have to keep a close eye on the weather. Most of our trips lately have been in close in Mississippi waters. The colder it gets, the better our near shore fishing gets. We are changing gears a little bit for our winter fishing, but it has been fun. The reefs, bridges and shore lines along the MS Gulf Coast have been our battle grounds. The big sheepshead and puppy drum are what we have been after lately. We have gotten to fish some old friends over the break, and even made  few new ones. Our good friends the Cook family were back down. Leading the charge with these boys, as always is young Jackson aka “Action Jackson”. Capt Brian took them on a sheepshead massacre. Saw the pictures he sent when they got back in, and have no clue how those boys fit all of those fish on that boat?… Got a chance to fish with some long time family friends, Linda and Scott Emmel. Actually, it is now Lieutenant Colonel Scott Emmel. Scott tries to make a trip every time he is back on the coast, but we usually get met some sort of bad weather (rain, wind, flood, etc). Very hard to tell one of the roughest toughest dudes I know, that its too rough to fish. Well, we finally got our weather picture perfect. Seas were literally glass calm. He and Mrs Linda were up for the reef and bridge fishing, and the fish were hungry. They absolutely crushed the sheepshead, and drum. Mrs Linda got her biggest fish ever, a monster black drum, that she landed in literally seconds. We catch plenty of big drum, and I have seen some folks fight these fish for up to 30-45 minutes. Still don’t know how or what she did different, but that fish came right to the net in less than 20 seconds. We took plenty of photos and released it. After a great day with my dear friends, they took some of their catch to The Blind Tiger Restaurant in downtown Bay St Louis. One of Scotts favorite things to do when he is home is eat some fresh gulf seafood. The good folks at TBT prepared a feast of the Emmels fresh catch. Lets just say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! Since the kiddos are out of school, I did get to sneak my 8 year old daughter out on the water. Another Coast Episcopal dad was fishing, and brought his daughter/classmate of Margot’s. Their was no way my little buddy was missing out on this trip. My man Bill Funderburk brought his daughter Ally, and man o man did we have a time. The girls were in rare form, and I think we probably could’ve kept em out most of the day. We did about 5 hours, and never once got the boat on a step. It was chilly, so we just cruised around and kept the little ladies happy. We got to tangle with the big sheepshead, some puppy drum, flounder and even tagged a small red fish. 2017 has been the year of holiday fishing. This year I think I have fished Mardi Gras Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and now Christmas Eve. All were great trips, including this last one. Had the Bradshaw family in town, celebrating Christmas down here on the coast. We got very lucky with the weather, and with the live bait. I was able to scare up a few live shrimp for one heck of a reef trip. We only moved a couple of times, but when the smoke cleared the fish box lid was half way open for the ride in. Luckily it was still a little chilly, and the fish had plenty of ice on them. Fishing Carolina rigs and dropper rigs, we even saw a couple of trout. The money fish of the day were again the sheepshead, but we did see a few more puppy drum, and tagged several small red fish. This is the time of year we are relying heavily on our Sport Trail trailers. Of the last 4 trips I have ran, I don’t think I have left from the same launch twice. We keep a close watch on the weather, and put our boats as close as we can to the bite. Cutting down on the chilly rides has really helped. If the weather is bad, we just reschedule or don’t go. When we do get it out though, we are making the most of it. ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube 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

Winter Redfish Wonderland!!!

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  We have had some fun the last couple of days. The red fish have been out go to fish lately. Being able to chase those suckers through the marsh, is just too much fun. We have run a couple of near shore trips, and it has mostly been puppy drum, and sheepshead. Gotta be honest, on those colder days, it has really been nice to fish in close. This time of year, we just have to watch our weather and pick our days. On some of the colder days, when we want to chase the redfish, we just leave a little later. Having the warmer temps, and the sun a little higher certainly makes spotting them a whole lot easier. When the conditions are right, the amount of red fish we have been seeing is impressive. When the water has been high and or dirty, we have been using the live bait under the Boat Monkey Popping corks. But on the days  with sunshine, and clean/low water, it has been game freakin on! We have been throwing topwaters, spinner baits, or just a bare hook with a live bait. We have boats available all year. We normally let the weather this time of year tell us where to go. Give us a shout if we can help get yall out on the water. If yall wanna take the kiddos out for Christmas Break, we would be more than happy to help. Thanks ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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

Fly Fishing For Reds, Whole bunch of TROUT, and Fishing with the SCHINDLERS!!!!

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  Where oh Where to begin… Before we jump into the fishing report, we at Shore Thing Fishing Charters, we would like to wish everyone a very safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! The past couple of days have been some of the most enjoyable days on the water we have seen in a while. Yes, we had to plan our schedule around the cold fronts, but that is just how it goes this time of year. We did see some amazing weather ahead of the fronts, and the fish paid dearly on those days. Early in the week, ahead of the first cold front, we had a slew of our boats out. Captains Darren, Matt, Kenny, Ray and Alex were all punishing the trout, reds and big sheepsheads. With the flat calm water, the boys were able to move around quickly, and close in on the school trout quickly. It sounded like the boys were working some shallow oyster reefs, when they hit pay dirt. Flat calm, warm, and a stout cold front closing in on us, HUNDREDS OF TROUT hit the dock. I have been spending the majority of my time back in the ponds, terrorizing those big fat slot red fish. In my opinion, this is one of the most exciting things we do. Half the time, you can actually hear the fish(exploding on bait), before you see them. However, watching those big golden brutes tailing down the bank, is something that never ever gets old. My pal, Capt Blaine Donner was in town for a little “fly fishing”. We somehow got our lines crossed on the planning stages. Our fly fishing trip, immediately turned into spinning rod trip. Both of us thought the other one was bringing the fly gear Blaine was a good sport about the whole thing. I’m fairly certain though, if one of us had brought any fly gear, the weather wouldn’t have been picture perfect. As anyone who fly fishes knows, the weatherman absolutely despises fly fishermen. It was one of the was of the most picture perfect days I have seen in a very long time. There was no wind, blue bird sky, crystal clear water, and low tide(rising). From the time we got into the ponds, till the time we left, it was just about a constant parade of slot sized reds. We did not get to fancy, it was just live minnows on 3/8 ounce jig heads. We caught several, but we were missing way to many because of the thick grass. Once we switched to a bare 1/0 khale hook it was game on! The new Okuma Helios 30 spinners have been my go to rigs, and have handled the reds flawlessly. We finished up our limit quick fast and in hurry. After that, it was play time. Blaine put on a Spook Jr, and I put on a Savage Gear Suicide Duck. Blaine got a couple to smash his topwater, I only got a few to roll on the duck. It was an awesome day though. On a side note, the new 26 Avenger can get into some seriously skinny water!!! I have had that boat way the heck back in the ponds, and it can literally fish in just over a foot of water. It handles the open water chop like a beast, and still fishes in some super shallow water. I have been very very pleased with this boat. Next we had the Riverside Fly Shop boys in from Birmingham, AL. Randy and the boys were back for 2 days. We had them on 2 boats for both days, and they actually brought the fly gear this time. True to form, the sky was overcast, the winds were blowing, and the water was murky. The first day we had me and Capt Joey. We grinded all day with them, and had to work for everything we got. They still caught a few on the fly rods, but we missed more reds than I care to mention. We still put down the fly rods and used the spinning gear to get them some “groceries”. They were able to get a enough trout, sheeps and more reds for dinner. There second day was a whole nother story. Capt Matt and Capt Brian took them out. Once again, the fly rods “caused” the winds, and over cast skies. They did not stay in the ponds as long as we did the day before. They used the spinning gear to way lay the speckled trout, and loaded both boats with a pile of specks. While Captains Matt and Brian were down south in the LA Marsh, me and Capt Kenny were working in close on near shore trips. Capt Kenny had the Bailey boys, doing a little reef hopping. They used their live shrimp to hammer the sheeps and puppy drums. Even in the rough/dirty water, they had a box full. I was on a trip that has been almost a decade in the making. My brother Beau and his family are in town from Houston, TX. We have taken his son August fishing when he was a baby. Of course my daughter Margot has been fishing with me for years. This however, was the first time to have my brother, daughter, nephew, and niece/godchild Helena ALL on one boat!!! It was not the most ideal conditions. It was chilly, windy, and rough. Proud to say, none of the kiddos complained, we just worked through it. We just had to tuck back up in some protected bayous to get some calm/fishable water. The magic ticket was deep moving water, and live minnows on the Carolina rigs. Once we dialed them in, it was ever cast for big brother and the kiddos. No one wanted to keep fish, so we just kept catchin and releasing. We had several doubles and even a couple triple hook ups!!! Had the little ones not been so infatuated with the minnows in the live wells, we probably would have caught even more. No matter, it was still a day that I doubt I will ever forget. The boat was covered in slime, cookie crumbs, and trash. We broke a few things, and most of my tackle was scattered all over the place. Still could not have been happier to have my family out there, enjoying a day on the water with me. Life is good!!! ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube 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

Fishing with the Soldiers and a THROWDOWN on da SHOWDOWN!!!!

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  First and foremost, we at Shore Thing Charters would like to thank all our men and women in the armed services for their service to this great country. We called in a favor to our good friend General Bill Glaskow, and asked if he could help us get some soldiers out on the water for Veterans Day. Literally took one phone call and it was a done deal. Since General was called out to do some work in Africa, he had help from his friends Jesse Lindsay, Chris Young, Chris Cambell and Dustin Robinson. I am sure we are gonna miss thanking someone, but please know we appreciate all the help. We had all 7 of our boats meet at the new Bay St Louis Harbor. The soldiers joined us early Veterans Day morning. The winds were howling, but we were all able to fish in the Bay. The guys and gals were about as nice a group of men and women you would ever wanna meet. It was nice to fish see my old pal Dustin Robinson on the boat. We fished together several years back, and have stayed in touch over the years. He has served under General Bill for several years, and was a big help getting things organized for this trip. He aint to shabby of a fisherman either… I think Dustin on my boat got the biggest fish of the day(a huge drum). From best we could tell, it looked like Capt Rays boat had the most fish. I think Capt Darrens boat had the biggest red fish. It really was never about who caught what though. It was just our way of saying GREAT JOB, and THANK YOU to this awesome men and women. Special thanks to our Shore Thing Guides for helping out. Matt Tusa Kenny Shiyou Alex McIngvale Darrien Ladner Raymond Necaise Jimmy Ray Thornton Great job fellas!!!! After we got back to the dock, Thomas Genin and his staff at The Blind Tiger Restaurant in downtown Bay St Louis welcomed EVERYONE up to his place in front of the harbor for LUNCH!!! Thomas and TBT do a free lunch for all military. His restaurants along the coast served THOUSANDS of lunches for our nations finest. It was a perfect way to end our trip with the soldiers. So Thanks again to our men and women of the armed services, and thank you for helping again this year Thomas Genin and The Blind Tiger Restaurant in downtown Bay St Louis, MS. The big trip of this week had to be our two days out at the LA Marsh with crew on THE SHOWDOWN. Mr John Dane asked if we could send out 3 boats for all day one day, and then half a day the next. Never one to back down from a challenge, myself and Captains Alex, Kenny, and Matt got after it. Do to the winds, the rides back and forth were a little sporty but the fishing was purdy darn fun. Mr John and his buddies have been doing these get together for their men’s group for years now. We were just thrilled to help. Due to the stout winds, the majority of the water we fished was murky. No worries, we just loaded down with extra live bait, and threw the Boat Monkey Corks ALOT. The majority of the keeper speckled trout we caught were where deeper drains emptied into shallow ponds. The fishing was good, but we did not have hardly any tide movement. Once we get a little more range in the tide, the bite should be very very good. Gotta say, the most fun was chasing the red fish in the shallow ponds deep in the marsh. Mr John was with me both days, but day 2 was really good. I took the Olympian and Phd (not kidding) deep back into a pond I only get to fish a couple times a year. The water was the perfect depth, and even in the windy conditions, we had reds coming right up to the boat. We had a couple of double hook ups, and plenty of singles. We did have a pack of about 15 reds swim right up to the boat in one small pocket. Mr John and his buddy Art were picken em off left and right. Heck, I even threw a bait in the madness. It was freakin awesome!!! Just keeping an eye on the weather and the tide. If it looks fishable, we will fish it. If the conditions do not look great, we will do our best to reschedule. Give us a shout if yall wanna wet a line. Thanks. ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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

Halloween Fishing Report and some wild photos. ENJOY

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Halloween Fun at Cat Island, and some awesome day trips as well. I will be the first to admit, that none of our guides are right in the head. We spend way too much time in the sun, don’t eat right and certainly don’t get enough sleep. We do however get to act like fools during Mardi Gras and of course HALLOWEEN!!! It has kinda become an unwritten rule the last couple of years, if you book a trip on Oct 31, you better bring a costume(or one will be provided). As luck would have it, the weather cooperated and we had a very fun crew out at the Cat Island house for a little Halloween fun. We did have to fight some insanely low water out at the island, but we made it work. We did more on the red fish than the trout. We actually ate the majority of the trout we caught(it was delicious). We did get visited by the big bull reds, and plenty of slot sized fish. I honestly think that Chef Chris and The Mayor of Cat Island, Walter Gaudin had more fun with the costumes than anyone. It was fun. While we were goofing off out at the island, the other guides were doing some damage on the day trips. We got to hear some of the crews on the VHF radio. It Sounded like Captains Matt and Capt Darrren had a very lively crew out in the LA Marsh. The boys have been doing well on the trout, reds, sheepshead and black drum. From the looks of the pictures they have been sending, it seems they have been very busy at the cleaning tables at the Shore Thing dock in Bayou Caddy. Did get to hear from our buddy Bradley over at the Gulf Coast Research Lab. He said that the triple tails we caught over the last couple months are doing very well at the hatchery. Cant wait to see what those fish do in the coming months/years. We really enjoy this time of year, its just being able to fish in between the fronts. We are very much looking forward to this years fall fishing. If yall wanna wet a line, give us a shout, and hopefully we can get yall out there. Thanks. ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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

Wild bunch at Cat Island House, and was able to pull of a 6 Boat trip with Silver Slipper Casino(Reds, Trout, Drum, Trout, Jacks)!!!!

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  Got 2 much needed days off, thanks to momma nature over the weekend. We have been back and forth to the island and a had a massive trip from the Silver Slipper Casino. Got some cool stories to go with this cool weather. Here we go!!!…. For the better part of the week, we had a 4 Boat(Captains Alex, Matt, Kenny and Sonny), 14 person trip to the Cat Island house with the group from Helena. This is their 2nd time to the island, and they are one of our “livelier” crews. Most of em fish, some of em hang out, but ALL of them goof off the entire time. Their trash talking is from start to finish. They enjoy the big meals together, and it gets LOUD at meal times. Chef Chris did not disappoint. His big shrimp boils, gumbo and fried fish were absolutely outstanding. Most of the ribbing is directed to Ryan Mayfield. Poor Ryan, is still talking about the “Big One” that he saw in the canal last year, the one that got away… That poor dude just cant get let it go. He has developed a real love affair with this big hawg, and sad to say his big friend did not show up this year. That did not stop his buddies from picking on him, not one bit. I had my buddy Trey Curry back with me again this year. He knows his way around a boat, and new guy Justin was not to shabby either. The first morning of the 3 day trip, those two knocked out a limit of red fish before most of the crew was finished eating breakfast!!! It was pretty funny, everyone thought we were heading back to the house because we were having a emergency bathroom situation. No issues on our boat, we were DONE!!! It was nice being able to have a late hearty breakfast and relax for a little while. The island has been full of fish, but honestly most are throw backs. At one point, we had Captains Matt, Alex and Kenny all checking in that it was “every cast”, but most were rat reds and 12-14 inch trout.  We just let the boys enjoy their adult beverages and picked through the fish. This crew could’ve have fun digging a ditch, so fighting fish for 3 days was a welcome treat. We did get to see some cool stuff though. Twice we got to run into open water schools of boiling bull reds and jacks. It was awesome watching those copper beasts come clear outta the water. They were crushing big schools of mullet. New guy Justin had the hot hand on our boat. Both times we ran into these schools, he was the lucky one to hook up, and land a huge bull red and jack. Capt Matt was with us, on the big school of jacks the last morning. The sun wasn’t even up, and we were right in front of the house! Both boats were fighting enormous jacks. We got ours in and went looking for eaters. Capt Matts crew fought one monster for almost 45 Minutes! Sadly, the fish snapped the leader, below the Boat Monkey Cork. For a nice kick in the groin, while the angler was bringing in his cork, another big jack crevalle came up and swallowed just the bare cork!!! Before the weather got really bad, we were able to sneak a big day trip with a huge crew from the Silver Slipper Casino. We always try to go to the LA Marsh with their VIP’s, but the weather was not safe for crossing. With a little help from our guy Bill Dejardins at the Slipper, we were able to move the event to the new Bay St Louis Harbor. The Slipper folks just bussed everyone over, and we were able to fish in the Bay. The winds were honking, but we were protected and cozy all morning long. The puppy drum were thick, and most of the boats were covered up with them. We did get a few sea monster big black drum also. Their were a couple reds and flounder brought in as well. Much like the fish at Cat Island, the most if not all the trout and reds were undersized. Everyone was just glad to get a couple hours on the water and catch fish. Special thanks to Captain Brett Ladner, Captain Clay Necaise, and Captain Jeremy McHugh for helping out. Myself, Captain Kenny and Captain Alex had a great time fishing with yall. We will be back and forth to the island for the next few weeks. The Fall fishing is always fun there, in MS Waters and of course the LA Marsh. We will be watching the weather closely, and just fishing in between the fronts. We do a lot of rescheduling this time of year, so our calendar stays very full a few weeks out. If anyone wants to fish, please give us as much notice as you can, and please be flexible if possible. If its fishable, we will fish it. If the weather isn’t safe and or productive, we will always try to move it to a better date. Hope to see yall out there. Thanks ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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

Dead PIGS holding Triple Tails!!! Awesome Cat Island 3 day tip, and Great Day Trips(Reds, trout, drum and MORE)!!!!

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  We have not had much of break since Hurricane Nate rolled through. We were able to get out shortly after the storm passed. The first trips out were taken very slowly. There was an insane amount of debris floating in the MS Sound. We found huge rafts of grass, limbs and junk. The scary part was finding the big trees, logs and timbers floating right at the waters surface. Yes, there were a few dead animals floating out there too. Wouldn’t have believe it, had I not seen the video and pictures, but Capt Kenny and Capt Ray found a huge bloated dead hog with a big triple tail under it!!! They got the triple tail to fall for a live pogey, since none of the bait shops were open yet to have live shrimp. I was down south in the LA Marsh, the same day as they found the  hog and triple tail. We did find some clean water, and tons of jumping shrimp and trout. There was a ton of smaller fish, but that only makes thing looking great for this coming fall. We did box a pile of specks and whites but probably threw back 5 fish for every keeper speck. The big white trout were in the mix, and we kept plenty of those. The big bull reds were mixed in with the specks and whites, and we caught and released 4 huge bulls. We caught all of the fish on the Boat Monkey popping corks, 2 feet of 30lb leader, 3/8 ounce jig heads with Matrix opening night/chartreuse tails. Captain Kenny, Chef Chris, Mayor Walter, and myself did have a fun 3 day trip out at the Cat Island house with Barry Pessoney and his crew. It was a good bit choppy the first morning when Chris and I were bringing out the groceries. I was doing my best to watch the waves and avoid any floating debris. Out of nowhere, I had to dodge what I thought was a big floating log. When I passed it, I got a whiff of something terrible, and realized it was ANOTHER DEAD PIG!!! I spun the 26 Avenger, and what do you know, there was another triple tail under it!!! I pitched a live shrimp to it, and got it to eat on the first cast. This one was not as big as the 22 incher Kenny and Ray had caught. Mine was 15 inches, so it got tagged and released. Gotta love them pig ole bloated nasty hawgs!!! Barry, his dad George and their buddy Rich were really into topwater trout fishing. For the late evenings and early mornings, they threw top waters. Barry even jumped in the water one evening to wade the island. When the sun was low, the top water bite was pretty darn good. The most action came off of the Super Spook, Skitter Walk, and KVD Sexy Dawg. One evening we fished well into dark-thirty. The bite was so good that they were having to listen and feel for the bites in the darkness. It was one of the cooler things we have ever done out there. Capt Kenny and his crew were doing a number on the slot reds and big trout. They did most of their damage with the Boat Monkey corks with live bait under them. The hardest part of the whole process was getting through the rat reds and the pin fish. When they could keep the baits away from the little thieves, they would nail a slot red, or nice keeper trout. Since we threw a lot of topwater with this crew, we had some stud trout in the mix. Between the fantastic food, the great fishing, and the nice weather, we had a great time with them. While we were out at the Cat Island House, Captains Alex and Matt were doing very well on their day trips. Capt Matt was putting a hurting on the slot reds. Alex had dialed in some big fat trout. They also put their crews on puppy drum, bull reds, white trout and even a couple triple tails. The cool thing to, is that they were fishing all over the place. Some of their trips were down in the LA Marsh, and some were right out in the front yard in MS Waters. It’s looking like it is gonna be one of those memorable Fall Bites. We will be very busy the next several weeks, but if we can get yall out on the water, we would be happy to show yall a great time. Give us a shout if we can help. Thanks ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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

CAT ISLAND “Home of the 27 mph Redfish”!!! Also ran 13 trips in 8 HOURS!!!!

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  We were able to fish everyday, right up to till Saturday this past week. Between the Cat Island trips, the big Casino group trips, and Hurricane preparation, we have not had a break at all. All of our guides and their families are safe and sound. We spent all of last night, and today getting the boats, equipment, and our families taken care of. This a picture perfect reason why we are so loyal to Sport Trail Trailers. Knowing that we had to move all the boats to safety, not one of guides even thought twice about taking our boats many many miles away. Running from a Hurricane is not a time to have doubts about your boat trailer. We thank our man Kevin Desselle( Owner of Sport Trail Trailers) all the time. Even during a Hurricane, our Sport Trail trailers are keeping us working, by getting our boats to safety. THANKS SPORT TRAIL!!! All there is left now to do, is wait out the storm. We figured, why not crank out a fishing report and post some pictures. Here we go, Enjoy!!!… We spent the better part of the week out at Cat Island. Captains Matt, Kenny and myself had our work cut out for us on this last trip. Thankfully we had Chris Walters and “The Mayor” Walter Gaudin helping to make a very memorable trip for the big group from Weyerhaeuser. Mother nature did not play nice on this trip. From start to finish I don’t think the winds blew less than 20 mph. At one point, the buoy at Petit Bois read almost 30mph!!! Capt Matt had offered the group a chance to reschedule, but they were up for the challenge. These boys came to play, but they were really there to fish. It was about getting the boats set up correctly. Once we were able to place the boats fishing with the wind, it was really kind of fun. The winds would keep the Boat Monkey Corks pinned against the grass. Distance was not a problem, fishing with the wind. For 3 days, NO ONE gave up on the fishing. Even in near gale force winds, everyone on all 3 boats kept at it. They were all fighting to win the absolutely beautiful trophy for the biggest fish. The trophy was an awesome piece of wood carved to look like a redfish. The first afternoon, the biggest fish was caught on my boat. Mr Randall caught a big fat 26 and 1/2 redfish that stayed on the leader board the entire trip. With the howling winds, we were extremely limited in where we could fish. The one good thing about a stout South East winds, was the flood tides(kind of). There really wasn’t a bayou, lagoon, or ditch around Cat Island that we couldn’t get into. The high water was kind of our best friend and worst enemy though. The fish and bait were so far back in the flooded grass, you really had to get into the grass to catch fish. We caught more red fish than anything. The rat reds just about ate us out of house and home, but at least they kept our attention. We did catch a decent number of speckled trout. Many of those fish disappeared from the fish box, but reappeared on the dinner table. A picture perfect “Grease Release”. We did see a couple of other critters on our windy outings. I think all of the boats were able to get some stud doormat flounders. We saw a couple white trout in the deeper canals, and even a few sheepshead. The first fish caught on my boat on day one was probably the biggest Lizard Fish I have ever seen!!! The Hollywood Casino had our own, Captains Kenny, Alex, Ray, Jimmy along with yours truly booked for a massive two day event. We even had to call in a favor to the dynamic duo, Captains Brian and Joey for a little help. Due to the approaching storm, we were only able to fish Friday. We did however pull doubles and take out 7 boats in the morning and 6 boats in the afternoon. We had an absolute blast with the crews they sent out with us. The majority of the people they sent out with us, had never fished before! Getting people to catch their first, and or biggest fish, is very rewarding for us. Not one boat left Bay, and everyone caught fish. It was mostly red fish and black drum, but everyone just so darn happy to enjoy the day on the water. We did see some big trout, flounder, sheepshead, and other stuff. To add to the fun, the cooks at the Hollywood were nice enough to prepare all of the fish we caught for a massive feast later that evening! The majority of the morning and evening trips were fishing live and dead shrimp. The bigger fish off of the Bay bridge, and some of the trout, reds, and flounder came off the grass in the back. We used the Boat Monkey floats against the grass for those. Looking like we may get a day or two off?… I recon the boys will be enjoying a little bit of family time and some much needed “shut eye”. We will be back at it, as soon as conditions allow. Hope everyone stays safe, and we look forward to getting back to fishing in the next day or so. Thanks ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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

4 Days at Cat Island, a little more triple tail work, and plenty of trout, reds, flounder and more!!!!

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  Yowzah!!! What a wild ride the last couple of days have been. Looking like we are at the end of our triple tail collection work with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL). Captains Kenny, Matt and myself were able to help them meet their goal. We actually went over it! Could not have done it without Bradley and Eric, those two were insanely good fisherman. A few days I even called in some help from our fishing buddies Brian Raymond, Bobby Lamb and Nathan Guice. Thanks for all the help fellas! Bradley said all the fish are eating well, and looking very healthy. We are looking forward to see what this brood stock will do. I guess all they need now, is some scented candles and Barry Whites Greatest Hits?…. Myself, Chris Walters, Walter Gaudin, along with Captains Matt and Alex got to spend 4 awesome days out at the Cat Island House with John Branch Experience. John and our pal David Davis have been to the house before. Truth be told, me Matt and Alex used to teach water skiing, sailing and fishing with David many years ago at Camp Stanislaus. We lived together for many summers and had a blast catching up on all the fun times we used to have “back in the day”. They recruited another crew of family and friends to join them on their 2nd adventure. The last time these boys were out at the island, it was June. We spent the almost the entire trip hauling in huge speckled trout. We only saw red fish on the last hour of the last day. This would be an entirely different trip, but very very fun!!! The crew came in from all different parts of the U.S. we David from Arkansas, John and Kevin from ATL, some were from Florida, some were from Louisiana, some were from Minnesota. We got treated to flat calm conditions for the majority of the trip. One windy morning, we skipped fishing and took the entire crew to see the island. They got to see a bunch of wild life while they were out there. The eagles, osprey, herons, pelicans and hummingbirds were out in full force. Even got up close and personal with an alligator. The one animal we really never saw were the raccoons. Like we said, the fishing was different, but very good this go round. We spent the majority of our days working the marsh banks for red fish. The slot reds were very good to us. We did get to see some monster flounder, David got a hawg, but John got one over 5 POUNDS!!! They wanted to see some variety, so we did our best to accommodate. Myself, Alex and Matt were able to help the boys get on some big speckled trout, slot red fish, Spanish mackerel, big sharks, huge stingrays, flounder, bull reds, white trout, sheepshead, and even some Red Snapper(released). We are still slinging the Boat Monkey Popping corks with either live shrimp or minnows under them. When the fish get turned on, we are switching to soft plastics(Savage 3-D Shrimp and or Matrix). I have been very pleased with my new Okuma Helios spinning reels. The Okuma Inspira has taken a back seat to this little work horse. I did get a chance to try our the new Okuma Coronado, and it is smooth as silk. Since it is the only one of my “big fish spinning reels” with a live bait feeder, I will likely be switching to this new model. Using 20lb braid on my 30 class spinners and 60lb braid on my 55-65 class spinners. Chef Chris kept us all fat and happy. From the shrimp and crab boils, to the big truckers breakfast, it was painfully delicious. Since we stayed and extra night, we did big steaks one evening. Chris kept a few of the big shrimp for the grill and did surf n turf. It was freakin fantastic. The last evening was on a Saturday, so we did our fish and shrimp fry a little early so the boys could watch some football. It was pretty cool because the upstairs tv had the Alabama vs Ole Miss game on, and the down stairs tv had the LSU vs Troy game on. That way we didn’t have flip back n forth to keep everyone happy. Not gonna lie, the ride home from island on Sunday was sloppy. Cant say enough about how well the new 26 Avenger handled the angry seas. I don’t purposely take my brand new boat into rough conditions, but unfortunately, sometimes you do have to go through them. It has been very comforting to know how well that beast of bay boat can handle the rough stuff. We have a very busy fall ahead of us. The Cat Island house is slammed well into November. The day trips out of Bayou Caddy are looking just as busy. If yall wanna wet a line, and we have a boat available, it is first come first serve. We hope to see yall out there. Thanks. ***SHORE THING FISHING CHARTERS*** ESTABLISHED IN 2003. The Largest inshore fishing company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Specializing in speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tripletail, black drum and more! We fish the Louisiana Marsh, the Mississippi Barrier Islands and many other areas. Our full-time fishing guides are extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. We have many boats available – small and large groups are welcome. Anglers under the age of 13 fish for FREE! All of our boats and guides are licensed to fish in Mississippi and Louisiana. We supply rods, reels, tackle, snacks, drinks, ice, fuel, bait, and fun. No charge for fish cleaning and bagging. Be sure and ask about our all inclusive overnight fishing packages to the Cat Island House. www.shorethingcharters.com or 228-342-2206. Check out our Youtube videos: 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