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Went out this morning at dawn. No live shrimp at Campo's, so we used frozen shrimp, gulpers, and spoons. Strong outgoing tide and very clear waters. Trolled gulpers from launch through the pass to the fort, and along the edge of the shoreline westerly from the fort for about 100 yards-- nothing!

My pod-nuh stayed in the pass and hit a couple of throwback reds. I joined him in the pass and he promptly hit a very nice flounder (~22') with dead shrimp under a cork. That got me excited and a few minutes later I hit a nice red (20') with a corkless golden spoon along the shore.

We played that pocket for an hour, including getting out of our kayaks and standing in the 'surf' which was a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather and perfect water temps.

(Saw a posse of about 4 kayakers but didn't talk to them).

We would come back with limits of reds if there had been live shrimp. We'll be back for sure, great spot and Campo's guys are real friendly.

Jason
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   Dr. Spot
Best to use fresh shrimp. Believe it or not, Winn Dixie has the best shrimp in February-April. It's farm-raised but fresh. I got a limit of reds on them yesterday at Hopedale.

Obviously, May-December you want to use Louisiana shrimp, live or market.
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Last time I went to shell beach I seen a bunch of posted signs in the Marsh is that to keep me off the land or out of the water, can I still go in there behind the ricks to fish, if not idk if it's worth going back down there
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   Dr. Spot
Where exactly did you see these signs? If parts of the lagoons are being closed north of Campo's, that would really be a shame, especially since rocks paid by tax dollars were put in to protect them from eroding.
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Right across the pass from campo's on every point of the Marsh behind the rocks is my fav place to go without it I won't go back
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   niteboy82
Going out there today and will take some photos of the signs. I noticed them out there last time, which is a shame, it was always my last spot to check on a skunky day. Without opening that *huge* can of worms that I know can arise from this, wasn't it technically that if the waterway was still affected by the tides, it could not be marked off? I totally get not going way back into the marsh or setting up blinds back there, but to just cut it off...

For reference, it's the eastern side once you cross MRGO, behind the rocks.
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   Dr. Spot
Please post pictures. We can also get those pictures on other sites to get more attention on the issue. Also, it's very likely some of that area behind the rocks is technically open to the public....rocks paid for by tax dollars.
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The signs are gone
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