Since the dawn of man, anglers have been sleeping close to productive waters to be on site and catch the heart of the early morning bite. It’s a great feeling knowing the fish are closer than two high-school sweethearts.
Justin Bowles and I experienced that last week. After spending a short but comfortable night on the Chandeleur Islander, we faced only a five-minute commute aboard Bowles’ 24-foot Skeeter bay boat to our first stop of the morning, a point jutting out into a bay that was loaded with clear, green water, plenty shrimp and, as we’d find out, an absolute ton of speckled trout.
Bowles and I had found fish in the bay the evening before, so we had felt confident we could locate them again in the morning. Since the tide had been falling during our evening foray and was rising in the morning, we didn’t even hit the productive area of the previous evening. It turned out we wouldn’t have to wait for the tide to fall to catch all the fish we wanted.
The bay we fished was close to the Chandeleur Islander, a jack-up barge that caters to recreational fishermen. It will be stationed at the northern tip of the Biloxi Marsh throughout the winter, before its owners reposition the self-propelled boat to the Chandeleur Islands in the spring.
At its current location, the Chandeleur Islander is accessible from the Rigolets, Lake Catherine, Shell Beach, Hopedale and the entire Mississippi coast.
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