If you are interested in booking a Louisiana or Gulfport fishing charter with one of our qualified and friendly
captains aboard one of our boats. Call Shore Thing Fishing Charters today at 228-342-2206.
Capt Sonny was born and raised on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. A graduate of St. Stanislaus College Prep(1995) and The University of Southern Mississippi(2000 Journalism). Sonny moved to Venice, Louisiana in 2002 and began working with Paradise Outfitters(tuna, marlin, amberjack, wahoo, dolphin, grouper, snapper, etc). In 2006, Sonny was able to come back home and work with his best friend, Capt Mike Thompson of Shore Thing Charters. With the help of fellow captains, they were able to build Shore Thing Charters into the largest inshore fishing company on the MS Gulf Coast. Capt Sonny has been a part time outdoor writer, and has had his work published in Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing Magazine, USA Today, In-Fisherman, LA & MS Sportsman, Coastal Angler Magazine, The Clarion Ledger Newspaper, and many more. He has also been assisting in research work with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab. Sonny also sits on several Advisory Panels for the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, The Secretary of Commerce, and The Mississippi Charter for Hire Task Force. When time allows, his favorite thing to do is take his wife and daughter fishing. If you are looking for an experienced and qualified Gulfport Fishing Charter captain, Capt Sonny is your guy!
Captain Matt was born and raised here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He grew up a block off the beach and began fishing shortly after being able to walk. His real knowledge later came while living and working on a large multi-day excursion boat. Matt spent many years on this vessel, fishing The Biloxi Marsh, Barrier Islands, and the Chandeleur Islands almost everyday! We were fortunate to join forces with Matt way back in 2006. He began his time running the flag ship 23 Parker, “The Shore Thing” owned by Shore Things founder, Capt Mike Thompson. Capt Matt only gets better and better, with literally thousands of days on the water. Matt has also been a key note speaker for The Salt Water Sportsman Regional Seminar Series, and USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab “Catch More Fish Through Science Seminar”. When Matt is not fishing, he spends time with his wife and kids.
Capt Kenny is a life-long resident of the MS Gulf Coast. He was raised as a commercial fisherman and has shrimped and oystered for over 25 years before acquiring his US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master License. Along with commercial fishing he has always enjoyed recreational fishing. It is from this commercial shrimp, oyster, and recreational fishing his knowledge of the saltwater has surpassed even his own expectations. With his knowledge of the estuaries of the MS Gulf Coast and LA Marshes, he has become a valued and intergral part of Shore Thing Charters. In our eyes, Kenny is one of the premiere guides in our region. Capt Kenny is the first appointed Harbor Master of Bayou Caddy. He is also the president of The Souther Anglers of Mississippi (SAMS Club) and The Devils Swamp Hunting Club. Both organizations promote outdoors for todays youth and do massive amounts of work for local charities. Kenny is also a part of the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program.
Born in Hernando Mississippi, Capt Alex moved to Bay St Louis in 1992. He grew up on the Jordan River in the back Bay, and fished almost every single day. Graduating from St Stanislaus College Prep in 1997, Alex headed to Mississippi State, in Starkville, MS. Alex graduated from MS State in 2001 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries. He spent 5 summers guiding young men fishing at Camp Stanislaus, run by the brothers of the sacred heart. After college, he started Iron Man Outfitters, specializing in private lands management/development and guided duck hunts.
In 2009, Alex moved to Venice, Louisiana to work with Super Strike Charters(tuna, marlin, grouper, wahoo, cobia, snapper, etc). Five years later we were able to pull Alex back home to Bay St Louis in 2014. Alex still spends every winter guiding duck hunts in the North Mississippi Delta like he has since 1992. In his “free time”, he competes in local and national tactical precision rifle and pistol competitions.
Capt “D”, is a life long resident of the Gulf Coast. Beginning at a early age Capt. D has fished the MS Coast and LA marsh for over 4 decades. Fishing, Hunting, and Family have always been his passions. What few days Darrien has off, he spends in the woods or on the water with his wife, son and two daughters. After decades on the water, Capt D acquired his Master Captains License, and has proudly been a Louisiana and Gulfport fishing charter captain with Shore Thing Fishing Charters since 2012.
Ray was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to the Gulf Coast at the young age of 8. He lived a half of mile from the salty waters of Bayou Caddy where he still lives today. He learned early to fish and hunt and became an avid outdoorsman. His first job was working on a 65 ft. Shrimp boat in the Louisiana Marsh at the age of 14. He started his own construction company in 1989 and still owns it today but always dreamed of retiring and being a boat captain. He has never lost his passion for hunting and fishing. He got his captain’s license in 2008 and started running charters in South Louisiana. He joined the Shore Thing team in the spring of 2013 and received the nickname “Slay Ray” from the Shore Thing guides. Shore Thing is proud to offer Capt Ray as part of our Louisiana and Gulfport fishing charter captain team!
Yet another life long resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Capt “J-Ray” has been with Shore Thing for several years. Being a perfectionist, his tackle, boat, and vehicles are always immaculate. When he is not guiding with us, he is a master heavy equipment operator. Born in Lakeshore, MS Capt Jimmy literally grew up fishing and hunting. Shrimping, floundering, fishing, and hunting for deer, hogs, and other game at an early age, made Capt J-Ray into the outdoorsman he is today. Still hunting and fishing as much as time will allow, he is big time family man. He still makes time to hunt and fish with his Dad, wife and 3 daughters. Jimmy is very active with the charitable functions conducted by The Southern Anglers of Mississippi (SAMS Club), The Devils Swamp Hunting Club, and Shore Things Annual Veterans Day on the Water.
Captain Keith Crawford
Capt Keith is a retired law enforcement officer with 28 years of service. Keith is a United States Coast Guard approved OUPV Charter Captain and an avid outdoorsman. From fishing the coastal waters of the great states of Mississippi/ East Louisiana marsh, bowhunting the “Big Woods” of southern Illinois, to chasing turkeys in south Mississippi. Capt Keith’s love and respect for the outdoors has been the driving force behind him becoming a charter captain. This lifestyle was first instilled in him, by his late father, “Wink” at a very young age and has grown tremendously over the years. During his 15 years of fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Keith began to develop more of an interest in sharing his knowledge and helping others have successful trips. When time allows, Capt Keith enjoys spending his time hunting and fishing with his wife Janet and daughter Carly.