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.
Capt Sonny Schindler
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