Pics and Story 5 Days at CAT ISLAND!!! One heck of a FISHY 4th of July(TROUT, REDS,SHARKS AND MORE)!!!!228-342-2295 Go To Reports
Got to spend the first 5 days of July out at the Cat Island house, and man did we do it up!!! Had the Manos family in town from Florida. They were up for everything, so that is what we did, EVERYTHING. Paul, Stacey, Arden and Gillen got to go shrimping, crabbing, hiking, kayaking and then there was the fishing…
Paul and Arden did the majority of the fishing with Capt Kenny, while Stacey and I hiked almost every beach on Cat Island. The boys got treated to a morning of every cast trout bites, afternoons of tackle smashing bull reds. When the big schools of lady fish moved in, we just broke out the big sticks and went shark fishing. The big jack crevalle joined the party a couple of times as well. They weren’t really interested in keeping a big mess of fish, so we had to get creative with our fishing excursions. The boys even jumped in the kayaks one afternoon to paddle around the lagoons in search of red fish. They really enjoyed drifting the grass beds for big trout in the late evening too.
Of course Chef Frank knocked our socks off with the food again. We got treated to boiled shrimp, boiled crabs, steaks, baked trout and redfish, fried shrimp and trout, burgers, roast beef poyboys, and tons of fresh fish dips and desserts. We have a saying out at the island, “If you get bored or hungry, its your own fault”
The weather and fishing was really nice the entire trip. In 5 days, we did not get one single drop of rain on us. The wildlife around cat island was out in force the entire trip. We got to see alligators, sea turtles, dolphins, eagles, ospreys, raccoons, nutria, and even a king snake! Stacey, myself and her son Gillen did the majority of the exploring. The weather was so nice, so one day we made the short run over to Ship Island to see Fort Massachusetts. We did get to celebrate the 4th of July. From the front porch of the island house, you could see from Pass Christian to Biloxi. Hands down, one of the coolest thing I have ever seen, was watching hundreds and hundreds of fire works explode. I don’t think I will ever forget that 4th of July.
While we were out at the island, Captains Matt, Alex, Darren, Ray and Jimmy were holding things down on the day trips. The fishing was great, and they also took advantage of the nice weather. Just as we figured, the fishing just got better and better after Tropical Storm Cindy rolled out of here. The salinity was way off, from the flooded rivers. It just took a little time to get things somewhat back to normal. Honestly, the conditions are still not back to where they were, but that is still very encouraging. If the fishing has been this good, in technically the wrong conditions, it should be gang buster good in the coming weeks!!!
The majority of the day trip crews were chasing birds. When the Boat Monkey popping corks and soft plastics weren’t doing their jobs, the crews were slinging the live baits. With the salinity off, the live shrimp have been hard to come by. If the boys couldn’t get a hold of the shrimps, they were throwing mullet or cocahoes. Some of the crews got treated to some stud trout, drifting live minnows over oyster bottoms in 6-10 feet of water.
Still got a busy month ahead of us. If yall are wanting to wet a line, give us a shout. Any and all notice is appreciated, especially for the weekends. If we have something open, its yours. Hope to see yall out there, Thanks…
Capt Sonny Schindler
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