Fishing in Louisiana … what a trip!

2012-06-30 00:00

WELL, I am back from Louisiana in the United States, and what a trip it was. I fished a location known as Venice, which is on the Gulf coast of Louisiana, a rich and vast area of fresh and saltwater marshland. I also  made a few offshore and bass trips as well.

The Bassmasters Classic last year was held in New Orleans, with many of the top contenders making the 113 km run to Venice to catch their limits. The area has an astounding population of bass — easily caught on flipping jigs and plastics in dense backwater canes and vegetation. The fish are small on average, with a two kilogram fish being a bruiser in these parts.

I was not there to catch bass, I was there to seek and do battle with a saltwater fish that inhabits these same waters known as the redfish. This is the ultimate light-tackle game fish and eats almost anything thrown at it, ranging from plastics to top-waters and shallow-running crankbaits. They spawn offshore, but spend most of their lives in the swamps and backwaters feeding profusely and hunting in large numbers in super-shallow water.

Most of the fishing we did was sight fishing, which takes an already awesome fish and makes the experience insane. Not only this, they pull like steam trains and are targeted on conventional bass tackle, which pushes your fishing emotions to the threshold. An average day in the marsh will see no fewer than 30 to 40 of these bronze machines hit the deck ranging from two to 10 kg. Trust me, it is an experience well worth the effort.

The amazing part is how fresh and saltwater species have merged to co-exist. We would catch three different saltwater species in a row and then a bass. The wetlands of Louisiana occupy thousands of square kilometres so there is no shortage of water to cover on any given day. This area truly is a place to be fished at least once in your life.

I left the day after the Goudetrouw BETT event, which saw Andrew and I fall off our pedestal and one team make history. The junior team Bass Buoys, consisting of Cameron Harvey and Keagan Godding, blew the field away with a monstrous bag of over 10 kg, anchored by two fish over the three-kilogram mark. The field was speechless, but extremely grateful to be handed such a beating by two humble and deserving up-and-coming anglers.

Cameron related how he caught a 3,2 kg on a black fluke on a light mojo rig and the next few fish on a watermelon candy fluke, also on a mojo rig in the same area. They re-worked the same bank at about 9.30 am.

“At 12.30 pm Keagan caught a fish of 3,1 kg on a watermelon-red crankbait which also came off the edge of the trees. We are completely overwhelmed by this amazing victory.”

Congratulations to these young professionals in the making for their epic performance.

The next event is at Albert Falls today, so watch out for the report back.

Get out on the dam and catch some bass, and remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource.

E-mail me with reports, pictures and questions at

Catch ’em up.

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