Spring is here, and the fish are, too. When the water temperatures get to, and stay at that magic 70-72 degree mark, the fishing gets incredible.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
Once the shrimp, menhaden, and rain minnows push into Mississippi Sound, the other species will follow. Wade fishing from the beaches in Bay St. Louis and Waveland should be good. Our boats will be focusing on the near shore reefs (Gene Taylor, Jail House, Bayou Caddy) and the Biloxi Marsh in St. Bernard Parish. On calmer days, our catches have gotten better and better (quantity and quality) with each trip.
Live bait should be easier to come by. The bait shops in Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Harbor, and Bayou Caddy are all doing their best to keep their tanks full of shrimp and minnows. Yes, artificial lures will work, but most days, the live bait really makes a difference.
One really nice treat for local anglers has been the “Catch and Cook It” special at The Blind Tiger Restaurant in Downtown BSL. Shaggy's in Pass Harbor also does it. You can bring your freshly cleaned catch into the restaurant, and their cooks will prepare it for you. I have done this myself at both places, and I can tell you it is absolutely fantastic.
Our part of the Mississippi coast offers numerous fishing opportunities. You can fish from the beach, piers, boats or hire a guide. I encourage each and every one of you to get outside and enjoy all our amazing out area has to offer.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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