Separate and distinct
Because he fishes every day, Weiss often fishes solo. When he does, he has to net his trophy trout himself.
One of his favorites, though, is Metairie attorney Ricky Trahant. In fact, Trahant was one of the anglers, along with lake legend Chink Sumas, who fished with Weiss in May to win the St. Matthewís Rodeo with a 31.6-pound five-fish trout stringer.
"Ricky and I have won the last nine rodeos weíve fished together," Weiss said. "Iím not talking finishing second or third; weíve won them."
Weissís contribution is the major part of that success, Trahant said.
"Iíve fished countless rodeos with Doc, and heís a weapon," Trahant said. "When we fished the Jesuit rodeo in June ó it was Doc, Chink, Stewart Beatty (who is an excellent fisherman) and myself ó and for two days we fished ó and itís bait fishing, so you say OK, itís all luck and what piece of live bait the fish decides to bite ó I think out of the four fishermen we had on the boat, Doc caught every one of the five trout on the stringer we weighed.
"Wherever he moved, whichever way he cast, thatís where the fish were. Heís that dialed in; heís that attuned to what the conditions are, where am I going to cast, which way is my bait going to go, how is it going to present.
"Itís happened too many times for it to have anything to do with luck."
Trahant said sometimes he just has to sit back and enjoy the show.
"Itís an incredible illness with (Weiss)," he said. "We all love to fish, and Iíve been fortunate enough to fish with some of the best fishermen out here on the lake, and thereís a difference between loving to fish and having a complete, uncontrollable illness for it.
"I can honestly say ó and Iíve spent well over a thousand hours on the water with Doc ó he is separate and distinct from everyone in that every single fish he ever catches is like the first one heís ever caught.
"Iíve never seen anything like it, and I donít think Iíll see anything like it again."
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