Theres no end to the news from wildlife management areas from last hunting season and, more importantly because its that time of the year again, going into the 2007-08 hunting season in a true Sportsmans Paradise.
September is the beginning of the oft-dreaded transition period. We call the transition that in-between time when fish are moving out of their summer haunts but not yet established in their winter patterns. That means they are roving, moving, constantly changing locales, and that is what poses the challenge to anglers seeking to find them.
Going on two years after Hurricane Katrina, fishing in the Amite and Tickfaw river basins is still in recovery mode notwithstanding a countryside fish-restocking scheme set in motion by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries even while department personnel were heroically engaged in search-and-rescue missions in flood-stricken New Orleans.
The last time I pulled into Capt. Anthony Randazzos Paradise Plus lodge in Buras was about two months before Katrinas infamous visit. The storms wash-through left little more than a shell of the log-frame building. How ironic that for this reunion trip, my host would choose to fish over a bunch of bivalves.
Having heard more than my fair share of empty boasting and even emptier promises, it was with an exhausted ear that I listened to what my buddy Dennis Tietje was trying to get me to understand over the phone.
When Mike Muhlbauers line came tight with an abrupt strike, we were certain it was bull red time. A couple of Florida boys with a lot of ambition but just a little time, Muhlbauer and I had determined that wed fare best at the perennial redfish magnet Southwest Pass.