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Buras Captain Hangs Tough

Capt. John L. Taylor has endured a lifetime of setbacks in the last five years. When doctors told him he had terminal lung cancer he continued to work, running charters and managing one of the most popular lodges in Buras, La. While continuing to put clients on fish and entertain guests from across the country, he made regular 800-mile round trips from Buras to Shreveport, where he underwent a grueling greuling series of chemotherapy treatments.

Then came a divorce that pushed his emotions to the limit. The world as he knew it seemed to be falling apart. And it did, literally, when in August of 2005 a hurricane made her first landfall on this usually quiet village in the lower Mississippi River Delta region. The eye of Hurricane Katrina passed directly over his lodge, obliterating everything in sight. Homes, several marinas and the town's only grocery and gas station were reduced to small piles of rubble. There is no language to describe what happened here. And few saw it. While images of New Orleans were beamed to televisions around the world, it paled in comparison to "Ground Zero." No one could get in and there was nothing recognizable left. There were no signs of life - nothing to salvage; nothing to rebuild.

In a matter of hours, Buras had been reduced to a barren wasteland...

The San Antonio Stroll by Bink Grimes
Try this step for big fall specks!
A blowup resembling a July firecracker got everyone's attention, especially mine as the braided Power Pro line relayed the magnitude of the monster through my forearms - this was no redfish. Redfish cannot slurp a bait and make the distinct sound that comes from a trout attacking its prey from the bottom up. This was a behemoth speck.
The dark dog-walker came back depressed, leader wrapped through both trebles - it had done its job. The look in its red, three-dimensional eyes was much like that of former  Texans' quarterback David Carr during his first five years with the team - dazed and confused.
Sure, I lost a big one, but what a day it was - my first time to do the San Antonio stroll. Littered with clumps of live oyster beds throughout its muddy floor, San Antonio Bay is a minefield of reefs on the banks of the tiny town of Seadrift. The open bay is suspect to stiff winds; however, when light winds persist, fishers connect the dots from reef to reef and find quality trout...

Biloxi's Back Bay by Capt. Robert Brodie
Get ready for fine fall fishing!
October is a magical time of the season for coastal anglers, and here in south Mississippi the cooler temperatures are welcomed with open arms. Not only does October kick off the fall fishing, a transition period begins where as all sorts of fish begin to congregate in some of the larger coastal bays. One in particular is the Back Bay of Biloxi, an area where I grew up living the dream, and was lucky enough to spend the first 40-years of my live hunting and fishing its bountiful waters.
Although progress surrounding the big bay has put an end to the likes of duck hunting, it's still a major player in south Mississippi for producing great catches of fish practically year round. Slow trolling, live and dead bait bottom fishing, as well as popping cork fishing is popular in this body of water...

Gulf Coast Closeup - by Vernon Summerlin
New Orleans' North Shore
For the last few years my wife, Cathy, and I spend a week on the Fort Morgan peninsula west of Gulf Shores, Alabama. As a kid from L.A. (lower Alabama), I spent a lot of time at Fort Morgan when my dad was on the commission charged with restoring the old fort. There were two fishing piers then but have since been destroyed, as were many of the buildings including the old hotel. Now there is a museum at the fort that tells its history - more about that later.
I love going back there for the nostalgia (as a kid, I had the run of the place) and, more importantly, to catch fish I missed back then. I fished a lot there as youngster with an ever back lashing bait caster with black Dacron line pulling in croakers and pin fish - but I didn't know about redfish and specks in the late 1940s. I do now and I'm making up for lost time.
My favorite places to fish for specs and reds are Navy Cove, St. Andrews Bay and the bay side beach north from Fort Morgan to the point at the mouth of Mobile Bay. Another place I've fished, but not as often, is Little Lagoon. Little Lagoon is another splendid fishing hole, especially for trout, that extends from Gulf Shores west to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, and it's not little, about 12 miles long. They had to call it something and I guess they chose "little" because it's not as large as Big Lagoon near Pensacola...

Paddling Out - Thoughts on Flounder - by Jeff Herman
Rod & Reel'n Offshore - Circle Hook Basics - by Patrick Lemire
Equipment Notebook - Install a Grab Rail - by David Ayers
The Bay Naturalist - The Import/Export Business - by John Hook
The Fly Guy - Late Fall Specks - by Pete Cooper, Jr.
Tackle Time - Old Dog - New Tricks - by Colby Sorrells
Bait Hook - Good Luck Charms - by Jim Martin
From the Publisher...
Besides all these great articles and departments, Gulf Coast Fisherman is the only source for the Wells Daily Fishing Forecast. Each issue carries three months of the Wells Daily Fishing Forecast - with Monthly Fishing Calendars. Also, don't forget about the Advance Planning Calendars in each issue that takes you out three months past the current issue. This will provide what you need to intelligently plan your fishing trips - hours, weeks, and up to six months in advance!
Top saltwater guides and fishermen use the Wells Daily Fishing Forecast - shouldn't you be using it ,too?...
"The fisherman that knows what the currents are doing has the advantage - over fish and fishermen!"
And remember - "Fish feed everyday, somewhere " - Harold Wells
Gary Ralston