Fall is just around the corner, and gradually, our fishery is making that seasonal change – but there are still plenty of fish around to please area anglers. The trick is the “stick-and-move” technique.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
The redfish have been making a good showing. We are seeing reds in Bay St. Louis, the near-shore reefs off Waveland, and near Bayou Caddy. Live or dead shrimp has been our meal ticket. The drawback is that the catfish, pinfish, baby croakers and needlefish are everywhere. Some days you just gotta work through ‘em.
If you aren’t seeing reds, keep moving. However, if you are getting a few reds mixed in with the trash fish, it may be worth grinding it out.
We are seeing some nice flounder, and that fishing should get better with the approaching fall weather.
Some of our boats are getting everything we can out of the “Big Fish.” The sharks and jacks will thin out in the coming weeks. You’ll still have bull reds, but the hard fighting sharks and jacks will leave soon. They have been a lot of fun. We are using big baits (mullet, white trout, big-cut bait chunks) to get through the mutant big gaff-top catfish. Small baits can and will work for the big fish, but the catfish this year have been plentiful, big and hungry. The big baits seem to buy you a little more time.
We are still seeing triple tail daily. They have pushed a little further out, with the Wolf and Pearl Rivers flooding. Still a welcome treat to have them around.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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