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WIN 2017

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26 | It's my first cast, and it wouldn't be my last when my line comes tight. One after another, speckled trout come over the gunnel, my shrimp fly planted firmly between their spiked teeth, until I literally do not care if another hits or not. I am already well over 30 specks in 40 casts. It's that easy. Mississippi's coastline is a relatively short stretch of the Gulf Coast, but the state and its host of experienced guides make the most of it. Most backwater guides running out of Gulfport, Pascagoula, Biloxi, and Lakeshore will target the Biloxi Marsh, Mississippi Sound and Chandeleur Sound—areas all comprised of muddy reed cuts and open bay channels—as well as to the out islands such as Cat Island and Horn Island. Depending on the season, guides will also make the easy, half-hour run into Louisiana waters to target fish, too, so asking your guide beforehand where you will be fishing may warrant a Louisiana fishing license. That said, my Mississippi fishing experience is already proving to be intense. I've never experienced such constant action on speckled sea trout before. "We don't get the real size of trout back here," says Sonny, "but we do get incredible numbers in Mississippi. The biggest trout you'll see is about three to four pounds, but you'll get hundreds of the one- to two-pounders, hands down." Sonny isn't kidding. The state has liberal limits on seatrout: 15 fish at 15 in. minimum size, and you don't have to feel bad about scoring your limit because there is more than enough to go around. The backwater creeks and bays are a Above: Redfish enjoy the distinction as the workhorse species of the Mississippi marshes. Many times, the tannic, stained waters of backwater lagoons contribute an unusual golden/orange color to their flanks. Right: Hungry Mississippi reds will eat the most unusual things, including critter-themed lures. Yes, those are ducklings.

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