Louisiana is blessed in all things that come from the water. Its reputation as a seafood-producing and consuming state is unequaled.
The first European explorers of what is now the state were amazed at the quality and quantity of freshwater fish present. Recreational saltwater fishing in Louisianas coastal waters, lakes and bays has long been the best in the United States.
Perhaps the abundance of these resources prevented the early development of deep-sea, big-game fishing.
Yogi Berra is credited with saying, “It’s like deja’ vu, all over again,” which was precisely what I was thinking on a recent frigid morning as I stepped into the parking lot at Basson’s Boat Launch in Galliano. The air temperature gauge on my truck read 38 degrees when we left that morning, but it was predicted to warm up into the mid 50s. I had arranged a trip to fish with charter Capt. Gordon Matherne (985-758-2824), and we got in line behind several others waiting to launch. I mentioned that it was hard to believe so many people were fishing on such a damp, grey and miserable day, but Matherne said the Sulphur Mine can produce some great fishing in the deeper water on days like this one.
The call to Doc Fontaine seemed perfunctory, a mere formality almost pointless. After all, traditionally, mooching a Grand Isle camp for a weekend in February aint too hard.
Its not exactly the height of the tourist season.
Pelayo will be by to pick up the camp key a little later, I quipped. His cousin Zacks in from Atlanta for Mardi Gras. Were taking him on a sheepshead meat haul. Pelayos also bringin ya some of our famous sheepshead ceviche and some button-buck fajitas, as requested by Trisha.
Pickles and ice cream, donuts with lots of sprinkles, Cheese Whiz and anything with chocolate pregnancy cravings are a fact of life, for a soon-to-be mom eating for two (or more).
Expectant bass might not crave anything odd, but theyre all about packing their bellies for their forthcoming spawn. Learn where and how to locate these fish and you can, ahem, expect your own delivery of rod-bending fun.
First, consider the basics of where theyll spawn. Creeks, coves, backwater canals. Pretty much any shallow habitat with good sunlight and some type of cover will do.
Roughly 15 hours of every day of my childhood were spent fishing in Southwest Florida. In my late teens, I put aside the rod after picking up the guitar.
For the rest of my life, all my friends would be musicians. This pool of musician buddies quadrupled upon my 2001 move to New Orleans.
It wasnt until recently at the age of 38 that I again heard the call of the water, recognized the void in my life, and started asking around, trying to find musician buddies who could pass on to me the unique secrets of Louisiana fishing.
He called it "venture fishing." I called it a few choice words I can't write here. But before me lay an extremely, thick tangle of small, long branches sticking atop the water from a submerged, major artery of a tree. The trick of the moment was getting a small, 2-inch, white/chartreuse-tail Wedgetail Minnow somewhere in a hole in the thicket with a very light, sensitive, fragile fly rod 8 1/2 feet long.
It's time to brush the dust off the boat and catch some fish! Learn where and how to catch bass, speckled trout, crappie and more. Also learn about the stories behind biggest deer killed during the 2012-13 hunting season.