No need to spend a lot on fuel with stellar fishing close to home!
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
We are still doing great on the nearshore reefs off the beaches in Hancock County. The great thing about fishing these amazing structures, is that you never know what’s gonna bite next. One cast maybe a speckled trout, the next a redfish, the next a black drum and so it goes.
Live or dead shrimp is extremely helpful on the reefs (Taylor and Jailhouse). There are a million snags on these structures, so bring plenty of tackle.
The Louisiana Marsh has been very consistent on the trout. We have not been putting up big numbers of slot sized (18-27 inch) redfish, but the bug bull reds have been plentiful. All of our guides use 20lb braided line on spinning gear, and it works well on big bulls.
We are hearing the wade-fishing off the beaches is getting really good. Early morning and late evening bites seem to produce better. For an even better experience, try top water baits like a Zara Spook, or Rapala Skitterwalk. White, pink and or chartreuse always seem to do well.
With the fishing this good, it’s important to respect our resource. Keep what you honestly need and release the rest. The fishing was really tough these the last few years, because of all the fresh water coming into the Sound. We have a perfect chance now to help bring our numbers of trout and redfish way up.
Look at it this way, if you run out of fish to eat, that’s a great excuse to go fishing!
As always, have fun and be safe.
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