It wasn’t the size of the white caps nor the impact they had on the 24-foot bay boat. Both were negligible in the comfort of the ride as we traversed the open water that solid land dominated only 20 years ago — maybe less.
Let’s start with a confession: I have an issue with hard-headedness. It spans well beyond fishing, but for this purpose we’ll focus on fishing — specifically the lifelong pursuit of all things speckled trout.
Collecting live bait is an important element of offshore success. And, while the relatively stiff spinning rods used to horse hefty mangroves out of underwater steel jungles can be rigged with sabikis, they’re not always the best choices.
Tucked cozily near the end of the inhabited east bank of Plaquemines Parish is Pointe a la Hache. And, largely forgotten by many, Beschel’s Marina is the gateway to incredibly fertile speckled trout fishing grounds virtually year round.
Offshore fishing to the west of Venice is a different game altogether. Variety is the name of the game in Southeast Louisiana ports such as Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and Cocodrie, where runs to the storied yellowfin tuna grounds are seen as untenably long.
As endless as the shallow-water trout fishing options are to the east of the Houma Navigation Canal are, those choosing to fish bigger — though just as accessible — water in the same general area shouldn’t feel left out.
A staple in the summertime plans of many Louisiana saltwater anglers has been CCA Louisiana’s Statewide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo, a summer-long, multi-weigh station event stretching from the Texas state line all the way to Mississippi.