Outer limits

Head to Venice’s outer bays this month for hot trout action.

This is it: You don’t have to wait any longer.

The month we long for with impatient anticipation throughout the entire year has finally arrived in all its spring glory.

Now the weather begins to cooperate; winds lessen and blow good seawater in, tides straighten out, the bays begin to teem with bait and the speckled trout start feeding like piranhas smelling blood.

It’s May in Southeast Louisiana, and the fishing just doesn’t get any better than this.

Charter Capt. Owen “Big O” Langridge (225-978-1136), who has been fishing Venice for some 40 years, is convinced May and June are absolutely his favorite two months of the year for targeting big trout in the area’s big outer bays.

“I look forward to May all year long,” Langridge said. “This is when the trout begin their first major spawn, and they’ll continue spawning from now through the summer.”

That’s an important factor in the fishing frenzy.

“Spawning is a primary instinct that nature instilled to ensure the survival of the species, and these females will spawn every week,” Langridge said. “It’s a rigorous process that causes them to expend an incredible amount of energy, and they replace that energy by voracious feeding.

“That makes this one of the very best times of the year to be on the water, tossing topwater baits or shrimp-imitation lures.”

Langridge recently had a trip scheduled to fish with a couple of his long-time buddies Allen Dessell and Pat Beard, and they willingly agreed to include me on the excursion. We met at daybreak at Venice Marina and loaded our gear aboard Big O’s 24-foot Skeeter Bay boat and headed downriver.


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Rusty Tardo grew up in St. Bernard fishing the waters of Delacroix, Hopedale and Shell Beach. He and his wife, Diane, have been married over 40 years and live in Kenner.

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