This is Capt. Doug Henderson with Salted Flats Fly Fishing.The winter season in the Louisiana Marsh is finally winding down. What an epic winter it was despite the oil scare last summer. This season was loaded with Monster Redfish and Black Drum fully willing to crush flies on a daily basis.
I personally never saw a drop of oil or a single tar ball in my 140 days on the water east of the Mississippi River (known as the Biloxi Marsh). I must say, being in Florida all last summer Tarpon fishing I was certainly worried about this very special fishery. The media had made it sound like all was lost and that the Louisiana Marsh was ruined.
Upon arriving in New Orleans last November, I spoke with some guides who had been there for a month or so and they reported zero oil sitings. I then conducted my own investigation and came up with the same conclusion. The Marsh was pristine and very much alive. I fished all winter experiencing day after day of healthy fish. We caught fish weighing in the range from 25 - 25 pounds daily!
So, what I'm trying to say is that the waters of the Louisiana Marsh were not as affected by the oil spill as much as the media led us to believe. I look forward to another wonderful season here next winter!
Here are some pics of some few fish caught here this winter: