Local waters may be crowded this holiday weekend, but that is only because the fishing is great! Be courteous – and watch the weather.
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
We are entering the summer pattern already, where calmer water is found in the morning. Midday storms seem to pop up almost daily now between noon and 3 pm. Some of these storms pack a wallop, so you need to be very, very cautious when the skies start turning dark. Always have an exit strategy – believe me, no fish is worth running through these storms.
We have been seeing some tripletail, which is a very welcome treat. Last year was decent, but I believe we are in for a big year on those fish. We are finding them in open water around the islands and the Louisiana marsh. As the water warms and salinity goes up, we should see them right off the beaches of Hancock and Harrison Counties.
We did not do much fishing for redfish this past week, mainly because the trout fishing was so consistent. The big drum are still around the Bay and the nearshore reefs. If you are looking for a big bull, that is the best thing going. Also, we have seen a few schools of ladyfish in open water. This usually means that the sharks and the big jack crevalles should be coming in very soon in big numbers.
The crowds at the boat launches, bait shops, and fishing grounds have been obvious. It is best to plan for competition. That means you must get up early, be courteous to others, and lend a helping hand when you can. There’s plenty of water out there for all of us, so get out there and have fun.
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