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SUM 2017

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Page 32 of 83 | 33 When you mention Louisiana to the uninitiated, many of them cringe. Folks from far off places like Wyoming or Oregon or New Jersey only know what (dare I say it?) the Fake News spouts off. So they think of a low-rated education system, shady politics and gators big enough to swallow a cow in one bite. Obviously, they've never visited the great Cajun state. But, for those of us who know about the Sportsman's Paradise, like most hard-core fishermen in the world, we dream of monster redfish, multitudes of trout and cuisine so delicious that, well, my mouth is watering right now as I write these words. No lie. There's a very long list of Louisiana's high points. But the three I relate to mostly are as follows (in no particular order): fishing, eating and partying. In these areas, Louisianians are bona fide experts. That doesn't even count the music—jazz, blues, Southern rock, zydeco—that has deep roots there. Living an easy three-hour drive from New Orleans, I tend to visit often. And when I turn south on Interstate 10 toward that colorful community, I put Pandora on the Little Feat channel. It's a swampy collection of John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater), Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Government Mule, Little Feat, Allman Brothers—all soulful, all damn good music. Get's me right in the frame of mind for gumbo, Bloody Marys and fishing. Oops, make that catching. You'll definitely catch fish in Southern Louisiana. The only question is, how many? BY FRED GARTH Left: The Chandeleur Islands are extremely fishy with speckled trout and if you don't want to slog out there by sea, just take the float plane. Above: The rustic dining area of the Bourgeois Fishing Lodge in Barataria.

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