Outdoor Corner

Down near the end of Hwy 315 or Bayou Dularge Rd. as the locals’ call it below Houma is the town of Theriot. There’s a canal that crosses a bridge named Falgout Canal and there lies Falgout Canal Marina. At the launch every day is a smorgasbord of folks putting their boats in, stopping by for fuel or supplies at the small store.

Lots of anglers both fresh and salt water seeking bass, sac a lait, redfish and speckled trout are launching four boats at a time in anticipation for a great days fishing. Crab boats, shrimp boats, oyster fishermen crowd the docks as well and folks are inside getting their last cup of coffee while shooting the breeze before taking off for the day.

Over the years this spot became my son Wesley and my favorite spot to fish away from home. The reason was pretty obvious because we could usually catch bass and redfish nearly any time we went. Limits of the two species would happen pretty regularly and a trip with over 100 bass was not out of the question.

The well known spot is Lake Decade that’s only a very short ride from the Marina. But fishing is available even before the lake. There are canals that hold bass most of the time along with redfish and specs in the winter time.

The Lake is where the folks gather in the cold months when the speckled trout move in. You can tell when the spec bite is on because when you get to where Falgout Canal hits the lake, just take a look around and usually you can see the boats all gathered up in a pile. If the crowd is not your thing don’t despair as you can find them in other places as well. All it takes is a little time.

On the north end of the Lake is Bayou Decade. This begins the journey to salt water and fresh water fishing that can be incredible. When you come to the “Y” in the ride a left turn takes you to Lake Mechant and great salt water fishing to the south.

A right turn brings you to the north for more of a fresh water area where the bass and sac a lait fishing is great but don’t rule out the opportunity of catching plenty of redfish as well. No need to change your bass fishing lures because redfish will readily hit those baits eagerly.

While we’re talking about “Down in Dularge” I had the fortune of meeting a pretty unique Captain at a Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association conference in Houma, back in 2005. Her name is Wendy Billiot, better known in the blogosphere as “The Bayou Woman” where she pens her life on the bayou in the community of Dularge, La.

In 1978 she moved from north Louisiana in Shreveport to south Louisiana to work as a Roustabout and she fell in love with the water, the people, the culture and way of life. Wendy married a Houma Indian in 1981 and has lived on the Bayou ever since. She’s raised five children, written two books, becoming a Freelance Writer, Photographer, Public Speaker, Wetland Educator, Wetland Tour Guide, Charter Fishing Captain, and Radio Show Guest Host. Somewhere along the way she became "The Bayou Woman."

The Coast Guard License she possesses not only qualifies her for her Wetland tour; it also allows her to operate Casual Charters and can take you fishing! The Dularge area is pretty close by our area (90 minute trip) and offers enough types of fishing a person could desire.

Captain Wendy offers accommodations as well in Camp Dularge that sleeps up to 8 adults. So if you are looking for a great time down in Dularge, give Wendy a call at 985-688-7965 or log on to www.bayouwoman.com for all the info you need.

The fishing action is still hot and heavy down on the Diversion and the Amite/Blind River basin. I caught four bass fishing in my Kajun Kustom Kayak on Saturday on a Brush Hog and a Speed Craw. Plenty of fish caught on the pier as well and the gaspergou are making their spring run up the river to spawn.

Tune in next week for my recipe for “Goo Stew” and you can stop throwing back what most folks label “trash fish.” Remember to keep the slack out and set the hook hard. Until next time, have fun in the outdoors, be safe and may God bless you!!