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.