BRIDGE BUSTERS by
David A. Brown
Offer Year Round Structure for Bay Fishermen...
Built to link land masses and facilitate travel, bridges
also do a good job of connecting anglers with the fish they seek. Sure,
you won't see your finned quarry strolling along the causeway or thumbing
a ride from the embankment, but what lies beneath now that's the real
Consider why fish favor bridges: First and most obvious
is shelter. These massive creations of concrete and steel (sometimes wood)
provide protection from dolphin, shark, osprey, and the like. Conversely,
bridge structure provides predator fish with the ambush points necessary
for nabbing prey.
POPPING CORK REDS by Nate Skinner
You're gone!" The phrase caught me off guard. I looked up to see
a swirl on the water's surface where seconds before my cork was floating.
My bait had no more than landed in the water before it had been hit. I had
glanced down to check out the upper slot red my partner was wrestling on
the deck, when the cork was yanked under water. It did not take long to
gain slack, and before I could complete one handle turn the rod was nearly
pulled from my hands. Leaning back into the weight of the fish, I set the
hook and the drag began to peel.
That was one of many redfish fooled by a shrimp imitation jig rigged
under a popping cork that day. Some bites came after several "pops"
from the cork, while others found the bait immediately upon its arrival
in the water. It was not a matter of when the next bite would come, but
the fact that they kept coming. Spring winds had muddied up the flats, and
popping corks were bringing the fish right to our baits!
LOUISIANA'S OFFSHORE SHELL REEFS by Pete Cooper, Jr
Hot Spots in the Gulf That Don't Require a Long Run
Large, fish attracting accum-ulations of oysters are found in several
locations off the central Louisiana coast.
A year had passed since the brief but destructive visit from Katrina,
and there was still every indication that I had been displaced to an area
on the Louisiana coast where muddy water was the rule. However, my new found
buddy, Durel, had been trying his best to put me on something anything
that would bend a rod. And, by that time I could not care less if
that rod had a casting reel or a fly reel on it!
Anyway, one day in early September that year, he phoned me to see if
I would like to make a run to "Tee Butte", which I soon learned
was a shallow oyster reef that extended roughly from the beach through the
surf and offshore a pretty good way. It was and remains a popular spot,
and Durel had just received a report from a friend that some nice specks
were being caught around it. So, the next morning we sortied from a ramp
in Intracoastal City, crossed Vermilion Bay, debouched from the mouth of
Southwest Pass, and headed west just as the sun was rising.
Gulf Coast Closeup - by Keith
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
The town of Bay St Louis is on the western edge of the Mississippi Gulf
Coast in Hancock County. It is bordered by the Bay of St. Louis and the
Mississippi Sound. Sitting on U.S. Hwy 90, it can be reached from I-10 by
exit 13 and heading south onto MS Hwy 603.
Geography is what makes this town special for the salt water angler.
The devoted wade fisherman has unrestricted access to the public sand beach.
Small boat anglers have easy access to the Bay of St. Louis along with the
Jourdan and Wolf Rivers which drain into the bay.
Bay St. Louis sits as the gateway to the Biloxi Marsh, a short boat ride
south across the Mississippi Sound. The Biloxi Marsh is a vast brackish
estuary with islands, broken marsh, shell keys and an intricate network
of bayous. The Biloxi Marsh actually is located at the very southeast corner
of Louisiana at the " toe of the boot". Due to the remote nature
of this region from the populated areas of Louisiana, it is most easily
fished from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Paddling Out - Capt.
Fil Spencer Talks Big Trout...
- This issue in OUR DEPARTMENTS...
- Paddling Out - Kayaking
for Big Spring Trout- by Jeff Herman
- Rod & Reel'n Offshore - Ling Rig With a Twist-
by Patrick Lemire
- Equipment Notebook
PFDs- by David Ayers
- The Bay Naturalist
- ODDBALLS -
by John Hook
- The Fly Guy -
Spring Tactics for Winter Hotspots- by
Pete Cooper, Jr.
- Tackle Time
- Sharpen Those Hooks! - by
- The Bait Hook -
They Shoot Kayaks, Don't They? - by Jim Martin
- From the Publisher...
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