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o BRIDGE BUSTERS
o POPPING CORK REDS
o LA's OFFSHORE SHELL REEFS
o CLOSEUP: BAY ST. LOUIS, MS
DEPARTMENT Topics:
Paddling Out: Kayaking for Big Trout
Rod & Reelin': Ling Rig With a Twist
EQ Notebook: Inflatable PFDs
Bay Naturalist: ODDBALLS
Fly Guy: Winter Tactics for Spring Trout
Tackle Time: Sharpen Those Hooks!
Bait Hook: They Shoot Kayaks, Don't They?

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BRIDGE BUSTERS by David A. Brown
Bridges 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 opportunity.

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 Goodfellow
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 - Inflatable 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 Colby Sorrells
 
The Bait Hook - They Shoot Kayaks, Don't They? - 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
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