i still have never been. im like 30 miles from the islands as i type this. now that is lazy!! maybe now i will. how close can a cc get to the islands? i will probably have to bring someone who has been before for the first trip in my boat just in case.
I would look at Ship Island, it's only 15 miles or so out and has clean water around it. You can get a CC into the islands and ancor up in one of the channels, but you will need a skiff to get thru the flats to the islands. Most of the water around the islands on the backside is 2" to 2-4ft.