The definition of trifecta is a run of three wins or grand events.

“Let’s go to Delacroix and do a trifecta. 

“The trout are for eating, the redfish are for fighting and the bass are for fun.”

The speaker was a big man — tall and all of 300 pounds. He spoke with authority.

Gene Hoover retired as a high school principal four years ago. Already a bass fisherman, he focused on competitive bass fishing. After he fished the Open Series with BASS, he got the tournament bug partly out of his system.

Then he earned his license to become a newly minted speckled trout, redfish and bass charter guide (Gene’s Charter Service, 225-206-0750) out of Delacroix. 

“Why Delacroix?” I asked him. 

“Because of its diversity,” he replied. “Last trip we had specks, reds, bass, black drum, sheepshead and white bass. 

“From September to April, I fish inside (interior marshes) to catch all species. From May to August, I can fish the outer edges of Black Bay and get all the action anyone could want.

“I’ve been fishing the area at least 15 years. My good friend Chef KD will be fishing with us. You don’t mind, huh?” 

Chef KD, born Kevin Diez and a native of Ascension Parish, is also a freshly-coined guide (Chef KD’s Outdoor Adventures, 225-205-2665), whose stomping grounds include Delacroix as well as Grand Isle.

Diez is famous for his cooking and catering, and now is also cohost of the