It wasnt even 6:45 a.m. and the Bellanger fishing team had boated 20 speckled trout. They were anchored on a submerged, eroded island on the west side of Barataria Waterway within easy sight of Grand Isle.
The thought was first planted in Mike Herrmanns mind back a few years ago while on a bass-fishing trip. It was one of those occasions when something important happened, something that rang an inner bell and registered deep in his memory, only to have that memory fall asleep until another similar incident awakened it.
It was opening day of the 2012 trawling season for the east bank, and I had arrived a little early at the boat launch. As I sat on my tailgate in the darkness, waiting for my host for the day to arrive, my mind began to drift back to the days in the 1970s and 80s when the opening day of shrimp season was one of the most-sacred events of the year for many of us maybe only second to the opening day of duck season.
Fishing the islands means different things to Louisiana speckled trout connoisseurs. Masses of pulverized shell, thick spartina grass rimmed by hidden oyster reefs and even near-perfect circles of roseau cane all have their place in different areas along the coast for anglers to hoist healthy yellowmouths over the gunnels.
Editor's Note:The three-day federal red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico opens this Thursday, June 1. This article from the Louisiana Sportsman archives originally ran in June of 2013, but still has great info if you're planning on making a trip this week.
Few things are prettier to the uninitiated than that of a swarm of red snapper appearing in the clean, green water off the Louisiana coast.