Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41; No. 4 - FALL 2017 - Page 11

Gulf Coast Closeup by Vernon Summerlin ADVENTURES ALONG LOUISIANA’S NORTHSHORE L ouisiana’s Biloxi Marsh, Lake Borgne and Lake Pontchartrain offer you some extraordinary fishing adventures, but those aren’t the only exploits for you to experience in this sportsman’s paradise. Fishing is at the top of my list, but St. Tammany Parish offers you the cherries on top. The parish is nearly one-quarter water with numerous boat ramps and marinas providing access to saltwater fishing in the three very productive areas. Many anglers consider redfish the ultimate inshore sport fish. I’ve had reds stretch my string from Virginia to Texas, but the best catching I’ve ever experienced has been in Louisiana. Fishing Hot Spots for Specks and Reds Captain Mike Gallo, of Slidell, reigns as fishing master of Biloxi Marsh, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne with light tackle and fly fishing gear. He’s a big man with a bigger heart spreading warmth and pleasure. His domains are Lake Pontchartrain, a nationally known estuary for large trout, Biloxi Marsh, the Redfish Capital of the World, and Lake Borgne that contains fish-attracting gas wells with manmade fish-magnet reefs. When I fished the Biloxi Marsh with Captain Mike, it seemed other worldy early that autumn morning. Traveling southeast from his lodge and across Lake Borgne, it wasn’t long until we were moving into a fish’s world. The wind was still and the water was flat reflecting the reeds, sun and sky. A sense of peacefulness prevailed, even taking the edge off anticipating that first redfish strike. And that first fish was just moments away. Louisiana Marsh contains the Biloxi Wildlife Management