Wrestling with Fractious Weather

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – Capt. Rimmer Covington had a plan: A 70-mile run to blue water, catch a few wahoo, zip to another spot and wrestle with a few Yellowfin tuna then end the day by hooking up with a mako shark.

Excellent plan. Then the weather got in the way.

A cold north wind and rough seas kept us on the move and mostly fishless until Henry Webb brought a 150-pound black tip shark to the boat. We added a bonito, king mackerel and another shark.

Good to be on the water, regardless, the occasional bout of motion sickness not withstanding.

Mississippi Coast still working to escape Katrina

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – Many things here and across the highway 94 bridge in Pass Christian appear new or newly refurbrished. That’s because they are.

These two coastal points that flank the opening to St. Louis Bay were largely reduced to kindling by Hurricane Katrina.

Things are returning to normal.

One thing is apparently better than normal. The fishing.

“The fishing has been fantastic,” said Capt. Sonny Schlinder www.shorethingcharters.com.

There seems to be general agreement on this. One theory: For months after the August 2005 storm fishing took a backseat to rebuilding homes, businesses and lives.

“There was so much utter devastation there was just very little fishing,” he said.

Capt. Schlinder’s¬†speciality is inshore; where he mainly targets¬†redfish and speckled trout but also regularly encounters triple tail, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and others. His season begins in earnest next month, when water temps creep toward the 70 degree mark.

Tomorrow we’re heading off shore, where the fish aren’t so picky about the temperature.

On the Mississippi Coast

Capt. Rimmer Covington www.tmgfc.com fishes out of Pass Christian, Miss. At first light Tuesday Capt. Covington, crew and fishermen (my friend Henry Webb, his pal Jerry Day and I) plan to motor about 70 miles into the Gulf looking for Yellowfin tuna, Wahoo and, maybe – hopefully – a mako shark.

The weather has been fractious but the fishing, according to the Capt. Covington, has been good.

“We’ve seen some yellowfins of 150 pounds plus,” he said. “This is actually one of the best times of the year for Yellowfin Tuna. We’ve been catching some wahoo, too. And I’d like to get a big mako.”

Me too.

Thanks for visiting the blog. Check back Tuesday for a fish story.