This week's report sounds like fishing heaven: Fishing is good everywhere!
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
The catfish have been plentiful, and some days you just have to pick through them. We have been relying heavily on live shrimp. The back bay has been hit and miss, but it depends on the rivers. If we don’t get a lot rain, I’d expect the Bay to get very good.
The Louisiana marsh has been stellar. On calmer days the eastern side has been loaded with speckled trout, bull reds and even a few triple tails. There are plenty of boats working the area, but there’s also plenty of fish. Please be courteous to other anglers. If a spot looks crowded, just move on down.
When the tide is moving, the shell keys in about two-four feet of water have been great for the bigger trout. The live croakers seem to work better for the bigger trout. We use either Carolina rigs or longer (four-foot) leaders under a Boat Monkey popping cork. A good 1/0 or 2/0 kahle hook works fantastic.
If you don’t have a boat, the early morning wade fishing on the beaches off Hancock County can be outstanding. The old piers and pilings are a great place to start. A simple tight-lined grub on a 3/8-ounce jig head is a good all-around bait to try. If you see someone already working an area, please be courteous and give them plenty of space, or just move on down the beach.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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