May 2016 Volume 17 • Issue 191 - Page 24

Marsh & Bayou’s Fishing Forecast Mississippi Coast by Alex Smith There’s nothing better than having a routine. Whether it’s a morning work routine, or an early morning fishing trip routine, both can make the day a lot easier. Finally, it looks like the chaos is behind us. Bite patterns are becoming more consistent which means more fish in the boat. The speckled trout and redfish action has been incredible lately along the entire coast. Flounder are beginning to show themselves along the beach front. Inshore and offshore reefs are holding large speckled trout and big numbers at that. The barrier islands are becoming the latest and greatest hot spot. Each morning boats can be found stacked up around the Bird Cage and South Bayou. The grass beds are producing big numbers of trout, especially for those wade fishing. Matrix Shad’s nightreuse and pink champagne have been the best preforming colors. Using a popping cork or tight lining a jig have both been effective. With the influx of shrimp moving into the area, Egret Baits Vudu Shrimp has also been a hot bait. The top water bite has slowed up a little over the past few weeks, but is still effective before sunrise. From the current action, it looks like this is going to be one of the best years in a while. Tight lines! For more fishing tips on targeting inshore trophy fish, visit my Facebook page, Alex Smith Fishing. My blogs are also available on my website For all questions, contact me at (228)-669-2317 or email May 2016 24