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'Fly fishing the islands' once again has two meanings ^ | 28 Aug 2011 | Bob Marshall

Posted on 08/30/2011 7:48:59 PM PDT by smokingfrog

So the offer from Theophile Bourgeois was this: How'd you like to go fish Breton and Gosier islands Monday morning?

My answer was: Not sure I've got the time Monday. Have an interview I can't miss (with an MRI machine). It's a two-hour drive to Venice, then a 45-minute boat ride. That means if we fish an hour or two, the round trip would total about eight hours. How about another day?

That's when Bourgeois, owner/operator of Lafitte's Bourgeois Charters, went a little crazy -- which is a real warning for a guy who's already casting with a half-empty spool.

"Hey, man, all you need is about four hours," he said with a laugh. "You get to my dock in Lafitte by 6:30, I'll have you back here at 10:30 with a nice mess of big trout."

So, what? You gonna have Scotty beam us over?

"No," he said, laughing again. "What I have is a seaplane. Lyle Panepinto of Southern Seaplane and I are restarting regular flying fishing trips to the islands."

And by 10:30 Monday morning, as the pontoons touched down on Barataria Seaway, not only did I return with a box of fat trout in four hours, but I'd spent the morning transported back a couple of decades to a time I had sorely missed, a time of quick sunrise flights over the beautiful southeast Louisiana marsh to an angler's paradise, a place where pelicans watched as slab-sided specks, reds, jack crevalle and mystery fish hammered topwater baits to kindling. It was a place that was as far away as your dreams, but just 30 minutes from the office, thanks to the seaplane.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: fishing; floatplane; louisiana
Great! Now I have a reason to buy a float plane ... If I ever win the lottery.

Video at link.

P.S. I didn't actually see anyone fly fishing in that video.

1 posted on 08/30/2011 7:49:08 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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Gonna add this one to the bucket list.

2 posted on 08/30/2011 7:51:53 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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