Coastal Louisiana Is an Angler’s Paradise Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing

Louisiana Coast, May 2014 – Whether cruising down a bayou or heading out for an exhilarating offshore charter boat adventure, anglers of all ages and experience levels will find exceptional fishing all along the Louisiana Coast. In fact, 3,000 miles of shoreline, ample sources of freshwater, millions of acres of marsh, and the fertile waters of the Gulf of Mexico mean that coastal Louisiana boasts some of the best and most diverse fishing in the world. Where else can an angler go offshore to catch tuna and dolphin, then fish the marshes of the delta on the way back to the marina to add speckled trout, redfish and the occasional largemouth bass to the ice chest?

A wide variety of species bite in every season here, so it’s easy to reel in a catch 365 days a year. Experienced fishermen love this area for its variety and bounty, but even those brand new to the sport can expect to have success. And with some of the most liberal catch limits in the country, eager anglers can collect more fish here than in any other place in the continental United States. The month of May is teeming with opportunities for both fresh and saltwater fishing along the Louisiana Coast. As fish begin to emerge from their lethargic winter patterns, it’s an especially good time to cast a line. In May is trophy season for redfish and speckled trout, which are found in abundance in the shallow saltwater marshes here, and that brings fisherman from all over to seek their bounty. Popular offshore varieties like tuna and wahoo are also very active during the spring.

Plaquemines Parish in Southeastern Louisiana has long been known for its world-class fishing; in fact, Saltwater Angler magazine consistently rates it as one of the top five fishing destinations in the world. With the last 100 miles of the mighty Mississippi River running through the middle of this parish—it’s been called the “Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico”—it shouldn’t come as a surprise that saltwater fishing opportunities abound. Those looking to take an overnight fishing trip to Plaquemines are in luck; “fish camps” are plentiful and range from basic to luxury, with amenities like cabana-lined pools and gourmet cuisine. It’s not hard to see why this parish’s slogan is, “You can fish anywhere, but you catch fish in Plaquemines Parish.”

Located west of Plaquemines, Terrebonne Parish is comprised of nearly 65 percent water—a dream destination for anyone in search of great fishing. The area is a habitat for one of the most diverse combinations of fish anywhere on earth—with a rod and reel, anglers can reel in amberjack, bass, black drum, catfish, cobia, flounder, grouper, king mackerel, redfish, red snapper, speckled trout, shark, tuna and yellowtail. The town of Cocodrie, which lies on one of the most productive estuaries feeding the Mississippi River Delta, proudly holds the title of “World Fishing Network 2013 Southeast Regional Ultimate Fishing Town.”

Freshwater fishing is also plentiful here on the Cajun Coast. One of the last great wonders of wilderness, the Atchafalaya Basin in St. Mary Parish produces spectacular fishing for bass, a variety of smaller fish such as bream and sac-a-lait, and catfish. Anglers will find saltwater fishing in near-shore coastal waters and offshore, including opportunities to reel in speckled trout, redfish and flounder. To the south, some of the world’s best shallow water marsh fishing can be found in the 25-mile stretch between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf.

All three parishes feature marinas that allow for day or overnight docking as well as a plethora of charter fishing companies that run both inshore and offshore fishing trips.

For more information about fishing along the Louisiana coast, visit www.visitlouisianacoast.com/fishing. Collectively known as the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC), the coastal parishes of Louisiana promote natural, recreational and cultural experiences to residents of and visitors to these parishes. The LTCC is also an advocate for the sustainable development of coastal communities and protection of the area’s fragile wetlands.

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Lauren Frye

lauren@gilliesandzaiser.com

212-724-7783 x3

Gillies and Zaiser

LTCC-5-May 2014

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