On a quiet January morning New Orleans seems to sit lower than the water surrounding her. The city is still recovering from Katrina, but the beads are starting to fly again in the Big Easy. Photographer Tim Romano and I were shown the very best of it this past January, as we traveled south in search of monster redfish. Our plan was to fish for four days with Capt. Gregg Arnold , a local guide based in New Orleans who has caught several state and IGFA world record redfish from the Biloxi Marsh, about an hour’s drive from the city in St. Bernard Parish. Gregg also arranged for us to fish with his friends Travis and Bryan Holeman, two renowned tournament redfish anglers who live in the fishing hamlet of Hopedale, which is situated at the edge of the marsh. Arnold wanted to introduce us to the unique culture of those who make their living on the bayou. A culture that is vanishing along with the wetlands that support it.
Louisiana’s redfish culture is running out of marsh. And when it's gone, so disappears a unique group of people with a laid-back approach to life and salt in their blood.
To fish with the cast of characters featured in this story and get lost in the low-country vibe, call or visit their websites below:
Captain Gregg Arnold
Captains Bryan & Travis Holeman