The Good News NEWS!
Written by Dave Mercer on December 10, 2010
Gary Gnu used to say, “No News Is Good News.” Well, it’s not like that any more. It seems that today’s news companies only report on bad news; making bad news the only news. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not about to act like we at the Facts of Fishing are a news source but this past week we decided to check out some news that has been on our mind for a while.
The coast of Louisiana is one of the greatest fish factories of our time or at least that is what most anglers believed before April 20th, 2010. On that day it all changed. On that day the explosion and subsequent fire on the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible offshore drilling rig situated about 40 miles (60 km) southeast of the Louisiana coast changed the thoughts and beliefs of anglers world wide.
We all heard and were made to believe that the oil is over all that great fishing and the coastline was gone and buried in a pile of oil and sludge. Then I started hearing reports that people are still catching fish and in some cases even more than in the past due to the lack of fishing pressure these fish are now getting. So the whole Facts of Fishing Crew and myself packed up our gear and headed down there to find out the truth. And here it is; we fished for two full days and hammered Redfish the whole time we were there and did not see one sign of oil anywhere. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not down playing this disaster or saying that long term there will not be any problems. But right now the fishing is awesome. The biggest problem I see is all the fishing captains that are stuck on shore with no trips because people simply have stopped coming down to this beautiful fish factory due to the the bad news from months ago. Well here is the GOOD NEWS: the Louisiana coast is beautiful, the people are amazing and most of all, the fish are EVERYWHERE and I mean EVERYWHERE!!! We caught tons of Redfish and the crazy thing is we went down there in what was the worst cold front of the year. I can’t imaging how much better it could be. However one thing I know for sure is I will find out because this definitely will not be my last trip to this area of the world: I will be back. If a fishing trip that won’t break the bank and will give your arm a workout is on your Christmas list this year, try Louisiana! Not only will you have a trip on a lifetime but you will be helping support a group of anglers that could use our help right about now.
We stayed and fished with Capt Ryan Lambert of Cajun Fishing Adventures www.cajunfishingadventures.com