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Mississippi Sound, Biloxi & Pass Christian

Capt. Robert L. Brodie
February 17, 2008
Mississippi Sound - Saltwater Fishing Report

Biloxi, MS-TEAM BRODIE CHARTERS Scores Bottom Fish In The Back Bay Of Biloxi

Yesterday was a good day because my origional trip cancelled, and then the phone ran with a replacement party. An interesting group, 4 guys from Canada down to volunteer their time for Hurricane Katrina victims. The group consisted of Dana Baer, Arthur Priest, Melvin Baer, and Joseph Penner, all friendly and easy going young men.

Since we didn't get on the water till nearly noon, the tide in the Back Bay of Biloxi was really low, but just starting to rise. Our trip began in the bay around the old Back Bay of Biloxi fishing bridge, then to the old Ocean Springs fishing bridge, and all the way to the Keesler Reef south of the west end of Deer Island.

Fishing was really slow, and we had caught a really big ground mullet at the Ocean Springs fishing bridge, a catch that made me decide to fish the Keesler Reef. Hoping to put an early season catch of ground mullet in the box didn't happen, and I decided to make the long run back into the bay for one last shot at some fish.

Now it was nearly 4 o'clock and the tide was rushing in. Anchoring up in front of a large section of the old Bay Bay of Biloxi fishing bridge the fishermen proceeded to toss fresh dead shrimp rigged on various types of bottom rigs right along the face of the structure. We weren't there a few minutes when the bite turned on, and like a swith that had been flipped, these visitors from the north were enjoying exciting rod bending action.

The black drum and sheepshead fishing was suddenly on fire, and now my clients were having a ball. A beautiful 18-redfish was part of the catch too, and numerous snages were part of fishing this site. With plenty of fish on tap, and great photo opts the day was salvaged.

But that isn't all of the story. Just before leaving, Joseph Penner of Ontario, Canada hooked into a monster fish, and 10-minutes later a huge black drum in excess of 40-pounds was landed. We'll this was the icing on the cake, and an other wise slow day turned out to be a extremely memorable trip fot these men that han never fished in saltwater.

Matter a fact; one of them han never caught a fish up this point in his life. Anyway, the bays are still tainted with freshwater, but there are fish to be caught if you work hard and stick with it. In a couple of weeks fishing here in south Mississippi will be in full swing, and catching a mess of fish will be extremely easy. All I can say is be patient for the best is yet to come.

Gear today included: Shimano spinning reels mounted on 7-foot St. Croix "Triumph" rods, 10-pound-test Yo-Zuri Hybrid line, 25-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon leader material, one-ounce bank sinkers, 1/0 Gamakatsu Octopus Hooks, and fresh dead shrimp was our bait of the day.

Bait was casted by structure and left to sit with just a bit of tension on the line to detect a nibble.

The bite was very light, and generally a quick hook setting would fool the bottom feeders. Most shirmp were pinched in half and threaded on the hook. This seems to get more scent dispersed int the water.

Remember: Life is short...let's fish!


Capt. Robert L. Brodie of TEAM BRODIE CHARTERS

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Capt. Robert L. Brodie is full time, fully insured, and fully licensed for Mississippi. In his new 2012 224 BlackJack Bay Boat, he specializes in light tackle fishing in coastal bays, the Mississippi Sound, as well as barrier island fishing trips. He also specializes in diving duck hunts on the Mississippi Sound for trophy redheads, scaups, buffleheads, scoters, and canvasback. Over 50-years experience in these waters, and a nationally published writer Brodie is proven top-notch guide.

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Capt. Robert L. Brodie of Team Brodie Charters
15478 Village Drive
Biloxi, MS 39532
Phone: 228-697-7707
Alt. Phone: 228-392-7660
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