Just before daylight, Lafayette dentist Tony Soileau slipped his camouflaged kayak across the pond’s open water and maneuvered it into an island of flooded buttonwood bushes surrounded by a fringe of dry, brown indigo.
I peered out my living room window only to see fog and a persistent rain. It was the day after Christmas, and I was anxious to get back to my deer stand after spending Christmas day with my family — but the weather was just not cooperating.
A lingering warm front was stuck in place, waiting for the next cold front to sweep it away and bring perfect deer-hunting weather during the peak of the breeding season.
Diehard anglers will brave some pretty uncomfortable conditions for that chance of bending a rod. But understanding how cold weather can affect your equipment and your performance stands essential to your winter pursuits.
“Stick and move,” Capt. Chad Dufrene said repeatedly that day. “In the fall months you stick when they bite and move when they quit. And do it all over again until you put a nice box of fish together.”
That’s what we did over the course of the morning, and our box was definitely looking good.