I just returned from fishing the Biloxi Marsh with Tony Weaver and Capt. Gjuro Bruer. This is one of my favorite fishing experiences. We stay at a relatively inexpensive hotel just off Burbon Street, and commute to Hopedale each morning.
When temperatures drop (usually in November) huge redfish move into the shallow Marsh bays searching for blue crabs and whatever else will fit in their mouths.
On this trip we were plagued by a cold front that first brought clouds and then 25k winds which muddied up the waters. Most of the instructions from the poling platform were along the line of : “2 o’clock, 10 feet”! The trick is to have the fish spot the fly before it sees the boat and most of our casts were under 30 feet.
I was very impressed with the way the “One” ten weight handled those short casts with a heavy fly.
We caught our share of reds with 4 in the 30lb range plus a big black drum. Gjuro doesn’t let us count anything under 20 lbs. It was tough fishing but a 30 lb redfish in 2 feet of water is really a rush.
…there are few bad days in the Biloxi Marsh
About Pat Ford: Pat grew up in the New York-New Jersey area, fishing for most anything he could find. His talent for sports photography became apparent during his years as a Journalism major at Notre Dame. He wrote his first article for Salt Water Sportsman magazine in 1969 and has continued to provide stories and photos to literally every sport fishing publication ever since. Over the years Pat has held over a dozen IGFA world records and for the last decade he has been the chairman of the Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament which is held annually in Islamorada. He is a Founding Member of the Bonefish Tarpon Trust and on the Board of trustees of the American Fly Fishing Muesum in Vermont. Now as a retired Miami trial attorney, he is a Contributing Editor to Fly Fishing in Salt Water and author of THE BEST FLY FISHING TRIPS MONEY CAN BUY. Pat’s tarpon photography is displayed in Andy Mill’s A PASSION FOR TARPON. His latest solo effort is FLY FISHING DAY DREAMS. To see more of Pat’s work check out his website: patfordphotos.com