Capt. Gene Dugas' Rather Be Fishing - Hunting Adventures

 4602 Hopedale Highway Hopedale, LA 70085

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12 Months
7 days a week

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Come experience the best saltwater/light tackle fishing for specks and reds in Hopedale, LA. Fishing from fully rigged Bay Boats. All tackle, bait, fish cleaning and packaging included. Several boats available for large/corporate groups. Guaranteed fish! No hidden charges!

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LATE REORT 10-29-04 Today had a good friend Al Apodaca along with his dad Albet and Oscar from San Diego California. Albert always makes a trip with me when he is in new Orleans and this time was no different. This was Oscar,s first LA fishing ttrrip and it proved to be AWESOME! we got right on the trout drifting lake Campo the trout wanted tandem plastics over live stuff so that is what we fed them. steady action all morning Oscar could not believe catching 2 fish at a time, hey thats how we do in La. after getting our fill of trout we started after the REDS and found some wiling to take our baits. Albert hooked up first the Oscar then Al. we had a ball and cut up and enjoyed then day. they can not whait to do it again. 58 TROUT 4 REDS 1 FLOUNDER CAPT GENE DUGAS RATHER BE FISHING ADV. 985-640-0569 OR 985-863-7563

Left to right Al Apodaca. Abert Apodaca, and Oscar show of some nice hopedale trout and reds

LATE REPORT 11-4-04 I helped out Capt Charlie today with a group from Denham Springs La, my crew was Troy, Greg and Mike a great bunch of guys. We got on the fish our first stop trout and a few reds nice way to start. Moved on and found some birds diving and put some more trout in the box. Several more spots no trout so after the reds. Found them off a point right out from a drain feeding along with the trout. We put several nice reds and some more trout in the box and left them biting. All fish fell to live bait under a cork. great day I had a lot of fun with these guys especially Greg with his POGO CORK. Thanks to capt Charlie for putting me with this group. Sorry no pictures I left my camera in the truck. 45 trout 6 reds Capt Gene Dugas Rather be Fishing Adv. 985-640-0569 or 985-863-7563

November 5, 2004 - Wayne and Terry from Georgia were ready to go early this morning for some LOUISIANA speckled trout and redfish action. We headed out at first light and got on the trout at my first stop Lake Amedee. The tide quit coming in so I headed further out to find the falling tide. Made a few stops with nothing then hit pay dirt of a point near Four Horse off the pipeline. Beautiful trout steady action on live shrimp and SPECULIZER. Stayed right there to limit out. Now it was redfish time two stops later we were on them. Terry landed the biggest red 29 inch 10 lbs along with a few more. It was an AWESOME DAY nice weather and HOT fishing. I had a great time with this crew and Wayne and Terry are planning to come back again soon they LOVE LOUISIANA FISHING. Check out the photo of the dinner table full of fish. 75 SPECKLED TROUT 13 TO 21 INCH 7 REDFISH 1 DRUM 1 HEAD 1 BASS CAPT GENE DUGAS RATHER BE FISHING ADVENTURES 985-640-0569 or 985-863-7563 www.ratherbe-fishing.com

November 18,2004 - Pat McAleer and Dukie Olgivie from Mobile Ala. Were down and ready for some action on specks and reds. First stop and it was on The tide was incoming off of Lake Ameda and the trout hungry. Live shrimp and and doa,s under a cork was what we fed them. Pat and dukie were put a whuppin on the trout and caught their limit by 9;00AM. We tried several points for reds picking up a few. Then switched over to spoons and trolled the banks. This is Pat's favorite way to chase reds and a few found their way into the box. AWESOME DAY the weather held off just long enough for us to make a great trip. 50 SKECKS 4 REDS CAPT GENE DUGAS RATHER BE FISHING ADVENTURES 985-640-0569 www.RatherBe-Fishing.com

November 19,2004 - Fished with two good friends toady wade Scott and Capt. Dude. The plan was to do a little scouting and get some fish for Wades's freezer. We caught trout just about every where we went. All fish were caught under a cork with live shrimp. We left them biting at 11;00 and headed to the house. 50 TROUT THE FALL FISHING IS HOT SO GIVE ME CAPT. GENE DUGAS A CALL AND GET IN ON THE ACTION WHILE IT IO HOT1 CAPT GENE DUGAS RATHER BE FISHING ADVENTURES 985-863-7563 OR 985-640-0569

November 20, 2004 - BPI GROUP TRIP. Two Boat Trip Today We started out into a little rain but that was it for the day. I headed straight to where I left the trout yesterday and it was on with the first cast. Then things slowed a bit until the tide started to fall then it was on non stop. Larry and Robbie were working the top with DOA,s and Jack was throwing a tandem rig and wearing them out two at a time. We had trout all over the boat. Limited out at 10:00 on trout then switched gears to find some reds. Made a few stops to put a 7 on top the box with 1 drum. The 100qt was full and could hold no more so we headed in to take some dock shots and clean fish. Total catch both Boats 130 TROUT 8 REDFISH 2 DRUMS Thanks to Capt Dude for helping out with this good group of guys today and a job well done. THE FALL FISHING IS SMOKING HOT RIGHT NOW I STILL HAVE SOME DAYS OPEN SO CALL NOW, AND COME AND CATCH'EM CAPT. GENE DUGAS RATHER BE FISHING ADVENTURES 985-863-7563 OR 985-640-056N

Larry on the left and Robbie on the right show off their Hopedale Reds with Jack in the background. These guys put a whuppin on the trout and reds today in Hopedale.

HOPEDALE FISHING IS ON BIG TIME! The fishing is hot right now with the trout taking plastics titeline and under floats. You can not go wrong with the live shrimp either. I have been catching limits all week long with some nice reds. All the Fall spots are producing just keep moving until you find them. Amedee,Robin,Calabesse, 4 Horse,Twin Pipes its on. I HAVE A FEW DAYS STILL OPEN IN DECEMBER SO CALL ASAP AND I WILL PUT YOU ON THE FISH! CAPT GENE DUGAS RATHER BE FISHING ADVENTURES 985-640-0569 or 985-863-7563 www.RatherBe-Fishing.com

Michelle Brignac shows of one of her nice Hopedale Reds