Chasing Dots CHARTERS

Captain Alan

May, it is one of my favorite times of year the weather is starting to calm down, the water temps have made it to high 60’s low 70’s. The fish have followed the bait back out to the islands, it’s like the entire ecosystem comes alive!! Trout are in my crosshairs this month, it’s all about the finding the grass beds and large schools of mullet. This is a killer combination for catching big trout this time of year.

My go to lure is a Paul brown SD-18. Three twitch pause method gets their attention and lures them out of the grass beds. They love it as you can see in the photos! I work the lure so that it sinks during the pause to the top of the grass bed. This lure sinks at 1ft per second, so pay attention to the water depth. Top water lures are my second favorite choice. Use it early morning when you can’t really see what’s going on under the water.

Don’t be afraid to throw it in the middle of the day as well as the early

morning. We have caught a lot of good fish during the middle of the day on top water lures. I have also lost some big fish this time of year to the TAX MAN (sharks). I truly enjoy teaching people how to fish the shallows for trout. So give us a call and we will take you on a trip of a life time.

(601) 818-8610

Barlow’s Charters & Guide Services

Captain Chris Barlow

The month of May kicks off our summer fishing here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You may be thinking that summer doesn’t technically start until June 21 and you are correct, but we all know that the temperature, steady weather, and schools letting out during this time all indicate that summer is in full swing.

The fish in the area begin to think the same thing during May. Of the many species around, the Spotted Seatrout, locally known as Speckled trout, start to move to more saline waters to spawn. They will spawn during large tidal range cycles which typically occur during or around the new and full moon. Their eggs must be dispersed in higher saline waters for the eggs to suspend and prefer the tidal flow to distribute their eggs quickly to keep predators from gobbling them all down at once.

These spawning fish will be gathered from just offshore on oyster reefs and jetties all the way to the barrier islands where conditions seem ideal.

 For my clients, I prefer to freeline live croakers using no weight, a 20lb fluorocarbon leader and a 4/0 kahle hook. At times I will Carolina rig the same setup. The trick to this is to allow the trout to run a while after the initial bite to ensure the fish has fully engulfed the bait and hook. Usually a 5-10 Mississippi second count will do the trick. Telltale signs of a missed fish will be your croaker being left with two “fang holes” from where the trout grabbed the bait but did not reposition and swallow it.

 I also enjoy wade fishing myself during this time throwing baitfish imitating lures such as some of the offerings from Egret baits. By being stealthy and quietly covering a lot of ground this method can be very effective. Just be mindful of the bull sharks and alligators. Remember, take only what you need and let the rest go to breed and repopulate.

(228) 861-8535

SALTWATER THERAPY CUSTOM CHARTERS

CAPT. MARCUS MCDAVID

The month of May kicks off wade fishing season for me at the islands.  My choice of baits is a #8 Skitterwalk in chartreuse..  This will be the only bait i carry with me.  There is nothing quite as exciting as a big trout blowing up on a top water in knee deep water over the grass beds. 

And don’t let people tell you that topwater is only good for first thing in the morning or late in the evening.  We regularly catch limits mid-day on them at the islands.

Also don’t be afraid to cover some ground.  A lot of people will get out and will only walk 50 yards from the boat and give up.   I regularly end up well over a mile from where i parked the boat.  You have to keep moving until you find the fish.   

 (228) 861-7359

CAPTAIN RON’S CHARTERS

CAPT. RON HARMON

Captain Ron Harmon and the crew of Captain Ron’s Charters would like to invite you to enjoy the great deep sea fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer. Whether it’s bottom fishing and trolling the deep water sites or surf fishing at one of the gulf coast’s beautiful barrier islands, you are sure to have a great time.

Here are some of the locations he goes fishing and the fish he targets: RIG AND DEEP WRECK FISHING: Cobia, Red Snapper, Trigger Fish, Grouper INSHORE FISHING: Shark, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Redfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout BARRIER ISLANDS: Flounder, Redfish, Shark, Speckled Trout SURF FISHING: Speckled Trout, Redfish.

 (228) 860-4308

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SPOT ON CHARTERS

CAPT. LEE WINDHAM

Lee Windham is the owner of Spot On Charters in Gautier, Mississippi on the Mississippi gulf coast. Target species on one of his trips are redfish, speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, snapper, and sharks. Capt. Lee Windham will be your guide and will do everything he can to put you on the fish. We specialize in artificial fishing for trophy redfish.

 (601) 941-1071

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THE BIG OUTDOORS CHARTERS

CAPT. BRITT ORDES

Sonny was born and raised fishing on the MS. Gulf Coast. He graduated from St. Stanislaus College Prep school in Bay St. Louis and The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Capt. Sonny worked on tugs and private boats before moving to Venice, LA in 2002 where he fished blue water full time for Tuna, Marlin, Dolphin, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, and more.

 (228) 342-2295

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Shore Thing Charters

Capt. Sonny Schindler

Sonny was born and raised fishing on the MS. Gulf Coast. He graduated from St. Stanislaus College Prep school in Bay St. Louis and The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Capt. Sonny worked on tugs and private boats before moving to Venice, LA in 2002 where he fished blue water full time for Tuna, Marlin, Dolphin, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, and more.

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