It’s just a few short weeks until I’m off to Afghanistan for six months so I decided to take a day of R&R that was well needed. And of course I did my most favorite thing to do GO FISHING!
Thanks to a recommendation from a good friend Lew Carpenter (NWF Regional Rep) I was able to hook up with Captain Darrin at Bourgeois Fishing Charters www.neworleansfishing.com owned and operated by Captain Theophile Bourgeois based out of Southern Louisiana just a few miles south of New Orleans.
This was a top notch outfitter with quality gear, boats and guides at a reasonable price. The price I paid for the experience I had will last a lifetime and most importantly get me through the next six months of NO fishing. We ventured about 30 minutes outside the Bayou and began to fish a shallow bay and began to hook up on some nice Speckled Trout. The Trout fishing was at a steady pace all day as we limited out with 50 Trout amongst the two of us. About mid morning we got into a few Red Fish all within just a few minutes of each other. These were all over the 27” mark (can only keep one over 27” ea.) so we kept our two and threw the others back. This was my first time catching Reds and it was blasts they fight just as you would you think they do and they even taste better.
I couldn’t have asked for a better day for my “Last Chance” to do some fishing. Great weather and good people make these moments unforgettable. While the road ahead is long and unpredictable its part of what I and many others do. We fight the fight so you and I can enjoy the finer things in life such as a day spent on the water catching Walleye, a day spent in the field with your favorite dog watching him or her work every command, a brisk spring morning listening to the almighty gobblers fly down off of roost. These are little things to many of us but they are also some of the things many of us live for. The peace and serenity that many of us get out of being in the field or on the water is hard to explain to others who don’t understand what it means to us and the joy it brings us. If one can capture a picture I believe you can see the enjoyment in anyone’s face of what the experience means to them. It’s these pictures that many of our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines carry with them to combat and we look back upon to remind us of what we are fighting for. It’s the Freedom to choose and to make our own decisions on where we want to be in life. I have seen firsthand how these other countries don’t have this option and it makes me proud to be an American! As we struggle just as every country’s government does with our leadership we must remember those that are fighting for your freedom and those that have gone before us. All we ask as Sportsmen is to be a leader yourself. Help out where needed in your own community, give to that in need, and take a child or a friend fishing or hunting. The first step in getting this Country back on track to prosperity is to educate our youth and be our own leaders within our family’s and community’s.
At the end of the day it’s just a real warm six month paid vacation and over before I know it. I can’t wait to return to Nebraska and do some Walleye fishing with Bill McGannon, Deer Hunting with the Beach boy’s and hopefully catch a year end tournament. A special thanks to Bourgeois Charters for the great day of fishing as well as to all of those I leave behind for all of your support over these past few months and the months ahead. God Bless those that bless others and may your lines stay tight and your shot’s be on target.
Brian Bashore 30” Red Fish
Written by: Brian Bashore