by Capt. Adam Jaynes
I cut my teeth fishing the Mermentau River from my Grandma and Grandpa's camp over in Grand Chenier, LA. It was a tremendous driving force in my love for fishing and of the outdoors. If you drive through Cameron, Creole and Grand Chenier you will notice nearly every yard has at least one aluminum boat in it. Seeing all of these boats and my intense passion for fishing motivated me to start mowing yards at twelve years old to save money to purchase a boat. It took me until I was fifteen years old but I was able to do it!
I have spent countless hours fishing in both Texas and Louisiana waters since a child and have many of my most special memories to thank for it. Unfortunately over the past few years there have been more and more posted signs, gates, booms and buoys signs brandishing tidal waters as "private" in Louisiana. This has been occurring in both fresh and saltwater alike in Louisiana. To us in Texas, and every other state in the country this may seem very strange, and it should. Louisiana is the only state in the union in which a landowner can make claim to tidal waters. In other words they can, under current law, block off entire bayous, lakes, creeks, drains, etc. to keep you and I from fishing. It is ludicrous, plain and simple.
However, due to a massive loss in areas to fish available to the public in Louisiana there has also been an even greater pushback to gain access to tidal waters. The Louisiana Sportsmen Coalition is spearheading this crusade in most part. Whether you fish with a guide in LA, trailer your own boat, kayak etc. they are fighting for your rights to have access to tidal waters in LA as you should! I would strongly encourage you to visit www.joinlasc.com and become a member for just $20. I would also encourage you to follow their facebook page, Louisiana Sportsmen Coalition.
On April 10, the house committee voted 5-3 in favor of HB391 which would give access to tidal waters in LA. The bill now scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, April 17, at 2:00pm in the House Chamber. Please call and email as many representatives as you possibly can and encourage them to vote in favor of HB391!
As far as the fishing around here…let's just say that it has been very humbling lately. It has been the haves and the have nots, both for redfish and trout. I have definitely been on both ends of that here lately. Hopefully this rain will let up and we can get a little salt back in our bay system.