If they say the oil killed the fishing in Louisiana they could have fooled me. In 2 days of fishing here, we have not seen a drop of oil anywhere. Though we are not on the monster fish, the fishing has been pretty fantastic. We have been catching plenty of reds in the 10-15lb range and tons of smaller fish. This is by far the best red fishing in numbers as well as in size anywhere I have ever been. The fish eat well and there’s plenty of them. It’s very common to get double and triple hookup on fly here. On video today we got a cool sequence of a double, triple hookup on fly. I cant’ say we could have achieved this anywhere else that I have been to.
If you are a beginning fly fisherman this is your practice playground. The redfish here are very very very forgiving. They will give you multiple shots and do not spook very easily here in the marshes.
Our numbers are definitely not in the size or number of fish compared to my friends that guides these waters. Greg Arnold and Greg Dini has been killing the fish here with 60 fish day trips up to 30+ lbs.
Tomorrow, we will see if the skies are clear to decide if we are going to fish or head back home. Cloudy days makes it tough to spot the bigger fish. You can still catch tons of fish here blind casting but to me it’s all about the sight fishing. If we can’t see them and see the eats it kind of cuts down on the excitement.
Food destination of the trip so far is the Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Tau Bay. So far it’s the best Pho soup I ever had. Pretty much a hole in the wall we found by accident, but the food is awesome there. The service and price was excellent as well with the meals averaging about $7.00.
Here are more photos of the trip mostly done on the Sony NEX-3 especially the panoramic and a couple from the Nikon.
Feb 13th 2009
While I was up in Louisiana fishing Greg Dini a couple months ago I did manage to shoot some videos. I think I put this clip together in the hotel room of his new boat, the ECC Vantage, running in the marshes of Louisiana. For whatever reason I never got around to completing it, but here’s the start of it anyhows.
The Location: Louisiana with Captain Greg Dini
The Food: Do Visit Drago’s for dinner excellent fare. Grilled Oysters appetizer is their signature dish.
Do not go to Mulates New Orleans : The zydeco music was good but the food was crazy salty. I think this place was good once, but for whatever reason it has lost it’s ways.
The Accommodations: We stayed at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel New Orleans. Beautiful 4 star hotel. I got at deal on it using priceline and paid only $61 a night! It’s 3 blocks away from he French quarters and Bourbon street. I wouldn’t stay there if I had to pay full price but for $61 for a 4 star hotel was an awesome deal!
Interesting places we visited: Aquarium of the Americas , Very cool aquarium. Good place to kill some time when the weather isn’t so great for fishing.
The Boat: Inshore Power Boats
Apparel: Simms Fly Fishing, very durable and functional fishing apparel. I used it up in Alaska and it works great in L.A.
Camera Gears Used in this production: Nikon D300s DSLR and Canon Xh-a1s