South Louisiana is the “Land of Giants”…
We’re on a mission to give the world the opportunity to catch truly monsterous redfish. And there is no better place to catch giant redfish than Louisiana!
In late Fall, schools of redfish inundate the maze of lagoons, bays and bayous that make up the Louisiana coast, fattening up for the winter months.
Let Gregg Arnold and his team of expert, licensed captains introduce you to this region’s incredible fishing for monster redfish, huge black drum and gator-sized speckled trout.
You’ll fish from modern skiffs equipped with poling and elevated casting platforms, sight-casting to big, feeding fish in knee-deep water. We only sight fish – no blind casting. And to top it off, the marsh areas that we fish are true wilderness areas, where you rarely see another boat, much less another fisherman!
If you tire of the redfishing, we also offer offshore fishing for tuna, cobia, and other pelagic species.
How good is the fishing?…
In the past 12 months, I have caught 3 fish over 50 pounds, 5 fish over 40 pounds, 53 fish over 30 pounds, and 300+ fish over 20 pounds.
I have guided my anglers to five fly rod world records – Conway Bowman’s 41.65 lb fish on 20lb tippet (right), Jim Smith’s 33lb 10oz fish on 8lb tippet, and Dough Behrman’s 3 new world records on 8# tippet (34.8lb), 4# tippet (28lb). and 2# tippet (29.8lb).
My anglers have also accounted for several state records, including Bob Stafford’s 37.8lb redfish, a 41.1lb red caught by Conway (which was also Louisiana’s 2005 Fish-of-the-Year), Tony Kirk’s state record Sheepshead of almost 8 lbs, and Tom Stevenson’s new state fly record Black drum of 56lb (Louisiana’s 2006 Fish-of-the-Year).
Some people gauge the day by the number of fish caught. I gauge the day based on the pounds of fish caught and released. When I boat 6 to 8 fish that add up to 200 pounds in a single day of redfishing, I’m on ’em.
Our Typical Day…
For bookings of two days or more, our trips include lodging and meals. On the day of the trip, my guide will pick you up after breakfast, and you’ll ride to the launch together. The drive will be spent talking about the plan for the day, which typically lasts 7 to 10 hours, depending on sunlight, wind and water conditions. We do not work “on the clock” and we do not leave working fish. After the fishing trip, you and the guide will return to a gourmet 5-course Louisiana dinner and open bar.
I provide all the gear: rods, reels, flies and leaders. I encourage you to leave your equipment at home because of the hassle of flying and checking your gear.
However, if you elect to bring your gear, I will work with you and if necessary, will make suggestions to assure a productive experience (our “What to bring” page has some good starting information). We can also provide spinning gear for those who don’t fly-fish. In fact, I have, on occasion offered fly fishermen spinning gear to finish the day when conditions prohibited fly fishing.
My philosophy is that the day belongs to the angler. Guides are all about putting you on fish. We want to catch fish with a fly rod, but if you get tired or the wind is too strong, we don’t quit. We simply use another method of fishing to finish the day. Satisfaction is what the angler and the guide are both looking for, and we will make sure that happens!
The Areas We Fish…
Every year we receive a number of calls from clients who are looking for a quality fishing experience closer to home. Finding the time to plan a weeklong fishing trip these days is next to impossible.
But consider this – within an hour’s drive of the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street lies one of the premier saltwater fisheries in North America. It’s here in south Louisiana, where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. Nowhere else will you have the same opportunity to land a monster redfish.
I prefer to fish the Biloxi Marsh area from late Fall until early Spring, because the majority of the fishing in this area is for spotted sea trout, not redfish. As a result, the redfish are naïve, unpressured, and take flies readily. This greatly enhances your chance to catch that trophy redfish.
Another reason is that it is closer to New Orleans than almost any other fishery. However, if our reports indicate that fishing is better in a different area, or if a client wants to fish another area of South Louisiana, I can and do that very thing because I trailer my boats back and forth daily to the fishing grounds.
If you are coming to New Orleans for business and want to get some angling in while you are in town, I can take groups of up to 6 people for a quick trip to Breton Islands, to do some wade fishing for reds, trout, ladyfish, cobia and more.
A Final Note…
You will be visiting a beautiful, off-the-beaten-track part of the world where the people are warm, and friendly. But this part of Louisiana was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the flood, so much of what you will see on land has been destroyed. When you visit, I encourage you to look for the positive. Hear what we have to say. Enjoy our Southern hospitality, and our incredible fishing. When you reach “The Land of Giants” you will see why we are still here.
Thanks. Looking forward to putting you on ‘em!
Captain Gregg Arnold
P.S. – My customers that have fished for these bigger fish are available for your telephone call as references on my behalf.