For most fish targeted by anglers, states establish legal limits that are determined by biologists to ensure that species can reproduce in sufficient quantities to maintain a healthy population.
Limits provide a target for anglers like me, who enjoy eating fish and sharing with friends and family. Even if we don’t reach the limit, it’s something to shoot for, and on those days when we’re releasing everything we catch, it’s fun to note when we would have limited out had we been keeping fish.
Limits were definitely on my mind during my most recent fishing trip. I wanted to see if I could boat as many redfish as the law says I may keep while throwing nothing but Louisiana-made lures. That’s five redfish, with each measuring at least 16 inches.
So the day before my trip, I stopped in at my local Academy to see what I could find, and fortunately, they had a good selection of baits made in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Marrero, Slidell and more. I picked up lures that previous experience told me should work, and headed home to study a map and plan out my day.
For the fishing trip, I drove to lower St. Bernard Parish, and went exploring, fishing mostly new water that had never seen my boat before. Some areas were as productive as the Georgia Southern offense, but others produced more redfish than a Gulf of Mexico purse seine in the 1980s.
For all the details, check out the video below.
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