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Yes, Salvaging the season!!!!!!!!! I have all the respect in the world for Capt. Chris and any like he and I that are willing to Salvage the season and move toward that goal.

Let's look at a few things. Katrina blew through here and struck a devastating blow to the Gulf Coast. The storm inflicted great pain, human and property losses to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. I personally have donated time, money and my house in Baton Rouge to people that were effected by this storm. As I type this, I am tracking a trailer that contains about 200 cases of water and about half as much soda and other supplies that is headed this way as part of the releif effort. Supplies that I will say I am connected to. Capt. JW Berry has worked 24 hours a day since the Sunday before the storm arrived. He has fought house fires, recovered bodies and helped people escape the madness of a flooded city, a hell of a lot more then most of us have done...........

I feel great pain for the people that have lost items and lives in the course of this storm. I have lost material things in this storm just like Capt Chris and many others. Myself and my family are healthy and I am greatful for that.

With that said, LIFE GOES ON. I have bills to pay and commitments to honor. My main focus right now is to get my business up and running. I would be fishing tomorrow if I could find bait, ice and fuel to run my boat.

I had this same conversation with a LDWF officer the other day as we were among the first to survey the damage to Grand Isle. The talk turned to where we were going to move as a temporary dock, until Grand Isle could be rebuilt. The agent responded with this look that demanded a response.

My response to him was that he was working, most likely making good overtime, working a roadblock on LA. 1. There is no shame in that, someone had to be there working that roadblock. But at the same time, he was wearing a clean uniform, driving a state owned and fueled truck and he knew that Friday evening his paycheck was going to hit the bank. What, pray tell was wrong with me worrying about the same thing!!!!!!!!!! Where was my next check going to come from?, What was I going to use to pay my boat note? What funds was I going to use to rebuild my place????

There are scores of people that will need to rely on FEMA and insurance to make it through the rest of the year. There is no shame in that either. However there are people like myself, Capt Moran and others who were lucky enough to have saved what we need to be back in business. So tell me why should we not be back in business????

Many of our customers are local and will not be able to return for a while due to the effects of this storm but many of our customers are from other parts of the country. They have scheduled vacation, gathered groups and gone to great lengths to take a trip that will cost them their hard earned money. Should those of us in Louisiana lay down and play dead............. personally I do not think so. I believe those of us that can, should get our businesses rolling, bring in the tourist and the tax base that our industry counts on.

I usually do not get involved in these littel internet tiffs but this one hits home for me. I too have spoken with Frank Hardison and it looks like I will be running from his dock for now. With any luck, we will be up and running in the next 10 days or so. We will be doing our best to put smiles on peoples faces, fish on the table and people back into the equation of Lafourche and Jefferson Parish.

I have to extend a great thanks to people like Frankie Hardison and Chris Moran for delivering pride and professionalism to the life that we all love so much.

Katrina has kicked us in the teeth and it hurt. While we are down, we are a long way from out. We will be back on the water in the next week or so. To those of you considering a fishing trip in your future, please keep south Louisiana in your thoughts.

You all can debate this all you want, we will have to agree to disagree if necessary......... I have said what I have to say.

God Bless all .......... be safe
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we need to fish
cap'n
we need to fish , we lost everything we had on grand isle. cant fish down there so lately when i've had time i've been going to false river and walking the piers fishing for green trout. ive been doing vol. work w/ the lsu system so just fishing is a great break. im an electrician , i went back to work as soon as i could so why shouldn't the guides and charters ?? keep up the good job .
tight lines BOB
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fishing the marsh
we must do what we have to do. as to fishing it must go on!!!! read my reply earlier. the marsh is our life, and we in the hospitality industry, must take care of what?? you might ask, the answer is our customers, the stress of this last week has been enormours, but at least we can provide our guests the best service that we can provide, to give them a break. ed mcintyre
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Hurting for all
Darrel, I to am hurting for all who lost everything in the storm. I've donated what I could and now I'm looking to salvage the year. Cocodrie is 95% operational and we will do our best to accomodate your fishing needs. No matter where you go Fourchant or Cocodrie, if you are able, find a guide and help him make it till next year.
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Remember New York...
I seem to remember in the 9/11 aftermath, Gulliani being asked by the national press what the country could do to help more.

His response was something like come to NY and see a play, some ball games and visit the museums. Spend money so the local businesses continue to feed their families with their hard earned wages.

You have nothing to be ashamed of. I wish for all those affected to find a way to carry on their livelyhoods (minus the looters) and make this place better than it was before.
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GOOD LUCK
PEOPLE MUST HELP THEMSELVES FOR THINGS TO GET BETTER. I AM PROUD FOR YOU THAT YOU ARE CONTROLLING YOUR OWN DESTINY AND NOT WAITING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP WITH A HAND OUT.
GOD SPEED AND GOOD FISHING.
CHARLIE HARDISON ALWAYS SAID THE BEST FISHING IS AFTER A STORM.
IT SHOULD BE FANTASTIC
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