New Orleans: A redfish(ing) update

New Orleans: A redfish(ing) update

[img 1 right]Make no mistake about it, times are still tough in and around New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. When we last reported on New Orleans-area

  • By: Paul Guernsey
[img 1 right]Make no mistake about it, times are still tough in and around New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. When we last reported on New Orleans-area redfish guide Capt. Shane Mayfield, of Adventure South Guide Service [Short Casts, January/February], we told you he was feeling thankful that he, his family, his Belle Chasse, Louisiana, home and his two boats had all made it through Hurricane Katrina in good shape. We also said that Capt. Shane was looking forward to taking out some fly-fishing clients once he located suitable accommodations for them.

We are now happy to tell you that Shane and another guide have secured the use of a three-bedroom house trailer for their guests just south of New Orleans and within 45 minutes of the Big Easy's best redfishing grounds.

"As for the fishing, it has been incredible," Shane told us in a recent e-mail. "I've attached a few pictures of some of the fish Bryan and I caught during our scouting mission today (below). The two fish he is holding are both over 25 pounds and were taken on crab patterns in two feet of water."

Shane added, "I almost feel guilty, as we are really the only show in town at this point. But I do fish for a living, and I figured I am better at that than I am at operating a piece of heavy equipment with the purpose of demolishing what used to be someone's home.

"Please tell everyone who might be interested that we are up and running and that the business would be much appreciated. Our community has a long way to go in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, but progress is being made and things are looking brighter every day."

We're willing to bet that there's less angling pressure along the Louisiana coast than there has been in decades…

Contact Capt. Shane Mayfield at 504-392-1700 or 504--382-2711; www.adventure-south.com,