Ever seen a 25.6 POUND TRIPLE TAIL? I saw one today come off of Capt Kenny Shiyou's boat(story below).
Been at it pretty much everyday, as best we can with the wind and chop. Tuesday we moved all the trips around anticipating the wind and seas. It was rough and we made the right call, but we ran into a major problem. Jon Phillips with Nighthawk Publications and Mike Jones with MS Tourism were supposed to meet us at our dock in the afternoon. Jon is doing an E-book and wanted to get pictures of our customers and their fish, preferably triple tail. We had no customers, but the fish could be arranged. Capt Kenny was up for a run into the perfect storm to look for some triple tail. We took the 24 Sea Hunt and got our brains kicked in. Great riding boat and we made the best of it. Saw 7, caught 5, tagged 1 and released one that already had a tag in it. Always a good time fishing with my buddy Kenny. I honestly learn something new every time I fish with him(same with Captains Matt and Kyle). Well, we did our TV/Book work, got the fish and saved the very rough day.
Wednesday I had my old Camp Stanislaus buddy Chris Farnet and his family(Sarah, Gigi and Renea) by way of Arkansas. Plan was pretty simple, keep his two daughters busy catching fish. We stayed in close for a near shore trips and did well on the reefs(specks, whites and puppy drum). Used live shrimp all day, actually caught a couple mule trout off the reefs in the wee morning hours. Got a bit warm mid morning and Chris had never caught a triple tail. Not only did we get him his first, we got his wife one and his two daughters(released one too). Chris used to run the Camp SSC fishing program for the summer camp, and yes, he still has IT. The ladies pulled the plug just before lunch and we hooked it home.
Today we had three boats out, and we all went to the LA Marsh. I had the Ted Smith crew, party of four, for their second trip from Memphis. Kenny had Wally and Hailey Amacker from Poplarville, and Capt Matt had the Shore Thing Veteran Tally crew back for their 109th trip ...
Weather man said near 5 knot winds and well... I guess 15 knots is near enough? Just a bit bumpy for the ride over this morning. All the boats landed on big trout, some better than others. My crew had to work all morning through catfish, stingrays and lady fish until we got a call. Shore Things Bro from Gotta Geaux, Capt Tom Marzoni called us in on little bite he had all to himself. At one point we had all four of us working on the school trout, Many Thanks Capt Tom! My crew actually got tired of catching trout and wanted to turn on the Yamaha powered AC. Capt Kenny and Team Amacker had gotten what they needed and were heading in. Capt Matt went off to look for redfish. That brings us to the three tailed behemoth Capt Kenny brought in. Kenny said that they actually hooked a smalle fish(8 pounder) that was with the big one first. They all saw the big one, eventually hooked it and it spit the first bait. Somehow they were able to get the big girl back up and throw her another live shrimp. Hailey was on the rod, Kenny said the fish fought for almost twenty minutes and drug them almost 200 yards! I was there at the dock when the happy couple put the fish on the Rapala scale as well as the Boga Scale(25.6lbs). Could not have happened to a better Captain and crew, they worked hard and deserved it. Nice work gang!
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