Ready to experience a new fishing hole?

03/15/2017 Craig Joyner
O’Neill with a Redfish and Theophiles Bougerois, owner of Cajun Vista Lodge.

O’Neill with a Redfish and Theophiles Bougerois, owner of Cajun Vista Lodge.

Ready to experience a new fishing hole? Well here’s one: Cajun Vista Lodge in Barataria, Lousiana.  One The fishing’s great and it’s a perfect place to enjoy with your sons, daughters and even dads and moms.  Barataria Bay is an hour south of New Orleans and, if so inclined, you can stop there for a stroll down Bourbon Street, but since this is a fishing column, we’ll have to handle that subject later.

So, what’s at Cajun Vista Lodge? Start with three grand meals of ultra-fresh seafood smothered with Cajun seasoning with gumbo and smoked sausage on the side enjoyed daily, prepared and served by loving hands. Add boats manned with guides completely at home with the locations of myriads of schooling speckled trout and redfish, and finally add comfortable, spacious private bedrooms and baths.  Cajun Vista Lodge can accommodate 60 fishermen comfortably so bring the gang.

Back to the important part–the fishing. Barataria Bay lies inside what it called ‘the marsh’, otherwise known at the Atchafalaya Basin. The basin is a 30-mile wide, 90-mile long stretch of rich fertile water that’s full of grass, lily pads, canals, all 4 feet deep with millions of Speckled Trout and Redfish.

As an illustration of the amount of catchable trout, the legal limit is 25 per-day per-person, and by lunch time daily, a boat with three to five fishermen will have caught 75 to 125 trout.  Really!  Why so great?  For the last few centuries, the Mississippi River has been dumping fertile water into the ‘marsh’ from the Midwest and the fish population enjoys it.  It’s a giant ‘nursery/hatchery’ for game critters.

How about the Redfish?  Wow!  Put on a Road Runner with a plastic trailer or a shrimp tipped jig under a popping cork, cast to a cut or creek branch filtering from a grass line and hang on.  You’ll will have another limit before lunchtime, then you can go back out.  The Reds are big, healthy, strong, hungry, brightly colored and living there by the millions.

I’m including a few photos to whet your appetite for such a trip. It’s only about seven hours from the Atlanta area and totally worth the expense and effort. The downside is that you will be totally spoiled and desirous to return monthly which, I might add, you can do because the season is 12-months long.   Visit or to learn more.


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