GULF COAST

Stalking Down a Blackfish

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We left out about five in the morning. There is much to do, and time is of the essence. While each task is small, they are all of importance. We’re sipping on hot coffee as we drive over the bridge into Biloxi. Pale moonlight gives way to a quick sunrise that briskly wakes the tranquil waters of the Mississippi Sound. This is fishing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

I’m Ron, and I’m all about fishing.

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This week I had the pleasure of fishing with my father-in-law Ed Moore, from Merritt Island, Fla. We were fishing with Fort Bayou Charters, captained by Mike Adams. I should explain that my fishing partner is 83 years old. He is a bright, happy man and a pleasure to be around. There are many good charter boat captains on the Gulf Coast, but honestly, Capt. Mike Adams was my first choice. Each fishing adventure is different with its own set of unknown variables. I am confident Capt. Mike could have met any special needs that might have arisen.

We took off in the boat, moving swiftly from the small-craft harbor to the first fishing hole. Capt. Mike had everything ready to go from rods to the bait. There were no worries, only the anticipation of fishing. Capt. Mike’s boat is safe, steady and roomy.

We fished various holes looking for speckled trout, flounder and redfish. Capt. Mike doesn’t waste time on places that aren’t producing fish or as happens to all of us—the wrong kinds of fish. Nearly each hole produced some fish, and it got better as we moved.

As we headed out just north of Deer Island, I noticed something floating behind a crab-trap buoy. Instantly the fishing part of my brain kicked in (in my brain it may be the most active part).

“Mike, it’s a tripletail!” I yelled.

The boat came to a screaming halt. This is where a really good captain pays off. We went into stealth mode near the buoy. Ed moved quickly up to the bow of the boat. Ever so gently, my father-in-law dragged our largest live shrimp in front of the tripletail, teasing him away from the buoy. The tripletail hesitated for a moment then attacked the shrimp with fury.

Ed waited perfectly, then rared back and slammed the hook home. The game was on. Ed reeled, the drag sang, and my father-in-law chased the tripletail around the boat. You could see how much fun he was having by the light in his eyes and the smile on his face. After a long fight, Ed landed his first tripletail.

Later that day, we caught bull redfish, flounder and speckled trout. It was a wonderful day. I don’t know how many more times Ed and I will get to fish together, but this day we seized, and I am ever so thankful for it.

I’m Ron and I’m all about fishing. When I say, “I recommend fishing with Fort Bayou Charters and Capt. Mike Adams, you better believe that mean it.”

Double Hook Up

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Jace Concepcion caught this 27 and 25 inches Redfish in Delacroix, LA.

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Left: Jace Concepcion with his 27″ red
Right: Colton Schnable with his 25″ red
Taken in Delacroix, LA

Line puller

Monday, December 9th, 2013

steve solomon caught this 41 pounds Black Drum in Mobile Delta.

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53 pound daughter nets this 41 pound big boy, great job Payton!

Get the net!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

steve solomon caught this 10 pounds Speckled Trout in Mobile Bay.

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Hey, Jack!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Morgan Harper caught this Crevalle Jack in Mobile Bay.

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We were fishing beside a shrimp boat. The jack were everywhere! As son as I put my line in the water, this fish locked on to my bait!

Stripped bass

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

John caught this 10 pounds Stripped bass in Biloxi river / Bay.

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Caught on matrix shad ( midnight mullet ) Great plastic lute from La.

Wicked Cat

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Andy Jones caught this Channel Cat in Mandeville, LA.

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Andy Jones of Wicked Fishing Charters Mandeville, Louisiana

Flounder Gigging Fool

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Capt. Dave Dupnik caught this 8 lbs Flounder in Ingleside.

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Gigging hasn’t been easy, but I gigged this nice-size flounder over in Ingleside!

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Wicked Jack

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Wicked Fishing Charters Mandeville caught this 45-inches long Jack Crevalle in Lake Ponchartrain, Mandeville, LA.

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Caught by Tyler Jones of Wicked Fishing Charters Mandeville

Yellowfin out of Venice, LA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Bruno Prager caught this 188 lbs Yellowfin Tuna in Venice, Louisiana.

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Tim Pates caught this 188lb hoss with Capt. Peace Marvel, legendary tuna fisherman of PeaceKeeper Charters. The last 2 weeks have been off-the-charts. We’ll see what’s left after the hurricane plows through.
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Alexis’s first fish!!!!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Rock Serigne caught this 18″ Speckle Trout in Delacroix, La. .

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This is a video of my stepdaughter Alexis(age 13)catchin her very first fish. Before our trip was over,she caught 11reds and 2 spec trout. Most of the reds were 22in and her 2 trout were 17in. Neadless to say, she was as worn out as she was excited. She did great for her first fishin trip ever. She surprised me at how well she followed my directions.lol. I think I now have a fishin buddy 4 life!

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Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Austin Brown caught this red fish in Breton Sound.

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caught august 29th, in Breton Sound

Ethan’s Second Big Jack

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Joseph Nicosia caught this 46 in., 28 lb. Jack Crevalle in Lake Pontchartrain, Mandeville La..

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Ethan caught his first Jack 3 years ago with some assistance, but handled this one all on his own. Reeling it in after a 25 minute fight. He caught it on a Bomber Super Pogy, tied to 30lb. Power Pro. Ethan likes to head over to Mandeville Harbor at day break, in late summer, where we walk out onto the wall, to sight cast on big Jacks attacking schools of pogy and mullet.

10 Plus , Gator Trout

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Alan Davis caught this 10 lbs Plus Gator Trout in Dauphin Island.

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This is the only one out of 6 hooked, that I managed to land !

Lloyd’s Rig Red

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Lloyd Cooley caught this 43″ 40.4lb Red Fish in Marsh Lake Gautier MS.

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Big Texas Red

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Wes Williams caught this 44″ Red Fish in Rockport, Texas.

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Caught in the surf with a piggy perch.