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www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 25 Local fisherman landing a redfish at sunrise in Waveland, MS. Photo: Alex North. A t first, it's ghostly quiet. Dew drips off marsh reeds shrouded in the morning fog, and the only thing to break the silence is the intermittent cackling of a crack of marsh herons. The sun begins to rise over Cat Island, one of the Mississippi barrier islands, and inches over slick-calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Eventually, we hear the hum of diesel engines from far-off shrimp boats as we make our way out of Bay St. Louis. Things are coming to life and it seems everybody gets up early here, and for good reason. I'm with Captain Sonny Schindler of Shore Thing Charters, and Mike Jones, program manager of Outdoor Recreation of the Mississippi Department of Tourism. We speed out on Schindler's 23-ft. Hydrasport skiff, out to Biloxi Marsh. As the dew burns off, we race the sunrise to get a jump on some speckled trout and redfish. We set up in a channel, with nary a soul around in glassy, calm waters, and wait for a second or two as Schindler cuts the engine. After just a moment, we see shrimp hop-skipping clean out of the water. Behind them are boils. I launch a shrimp fly out on the fly rod and start stripping in quick, short bursts. www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 25

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