Forrest Green is a fishing fool

Forrest Green figures he gets 300 days of fishing in a year.

That’s a lot of fishing.

And the deck carpet of his fiberglass Skeeter bass boat shows it: It’s worn to shreds.

Not surprisingly, from about mid-April to mid-May, Gren concentrates his efforts on speckled trout on the reefs.

During the summer he fishes redfish along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain in both directions from the mouth of Bayou Lacombe. He finds them by searching for schools of mullets, noting that redfish will always be with them.

The lake’s fall trout run starts the first of October, and extends through the month and until strong cold fronts shut the bite down.

Here again, Green concentrates along the shoreline, but he noted that Bayou Lacombe itself offers excellent fishing all the way from its mouth to the public boat launch.

“Nice fish — 1 ½ to 2 pounds!” he said.

But he’s not just about trout and redfish. He is an avid bass fisherman, fishing year-round in Bayou Lacombe and the East Pearl River.

“I love the Pearl,” Green said.

On top of that, he has a camp on Caddo Lake in the “city” of Uncertain, Texas (population 94), where he fishes from November to May.

Green does both tournament fishing and what he calls “enjoyment fishing.” He defined tournament fishing as work, but quickly added that he loves it with a passion.

Locally, he belongs to the Florida Parishes Bass Anglers club. He fishes their 12-month tour.

And then, he fishes bream.

“My passion to eat a fish is bream,” he explained.

He does most of this fishing for bluegills with a fly rod, but also uses an ultra-light spinning rig with worms for lake runners.

His last great passion, believe it or not, is pitching horseshoes.

“I just over-enjoy throwing horseshoes,” Green said. “There’s six of us that’s real good. I have a horseshoe pit, and I give my Thursday evenings over to horse shoes.

“Throwin’ horseshoes, drinkin’ beer and eatin’ fried perch. Ain’t nothin’ like it.”

Green practically lives off of fish, eating it five days a week — always fried.

In spite of his fried-heavy diet, he is at 5-foot, 11-inches and 160 pounds, lithe and slender.

“I don’t have cholesterol problems, sugar problems or high blood pressure,” he said. “I take no medications.”

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Jerald Horst is a retired Louisiana State University professor of fisheries. He is an active writer, book author and outdoorsman.