I was born in 1963 in New Orleans and started fishing as soon as I
could hold a fishing rod at age 4. My father was an avid fisherman
and would take me in the evening and weekends to wade the shallow
shoreline of Lake Pontchatrain just a half block from our home. We
would regularly catch stringers of trout and reds on shad rigs and
I learned at an early age to be both persistent and patient, but most
of all I learned how to read the water, weather and tidal movements
that affect fish activity, movement and feeding patterns and how to
catch them under all conditions.
As I grew older and got my own boat, I ventured out into the marshes
of Hopedale and Delacroix. I learned the lakes and bayous a little
more on each fishing or hunting adventure I took. Then venturing
further out to Black Bay and Breton Sound to fish such legendary
places as the Black Tanks, Battledore Reef, Stone Island and the
numerous un-named islands and rigs. All the while increasing my
knowledge and proficiency as a fisherman.
Because I took the time to learn where the fish would be at different
times of the year and how to consistently catch them under different
weather and water conditions. I would catch fish while others went
home empty handed. We may have to run and gun to cover a lot of
water and fish dozens of places but it is a technique I will use
sometimes to bring fish into the boat on a tuff day.
I loved to take friends fishing with me and share my love of the
outdoors and fishing skills with them and than watch the excitement
on their face. Because I like to share my knowledge with people
and see the excitement on their face I founded Rather Be Fishing
Adventures, because who wouldnt Rather Be Fishing.
After getting licensed by USCG and State of La, I started taking
out fishing charters. Before I knew it I was steadily fishing with
repeat customers on a regular basis. I soon found myself enjoy watching
my customers catching fish as much as I do. I get great satisfaction
from seeing my customers enjoy themselves and catching fish. That
is why I guarantee fish and a good time.
Having fun while enjoying the great outdoors and catching fish
in what will make your fishing adventure with me Capt. Gene Dugas
one to tell your friends about. To be honest there simply is no
better light tackle, Louisiana speckled trout and red fishing anywhere.
So give me a call today and book your fishing trip and I will take
you fish catching Louisiana style here in the Sportsmans Paradise.
main targets are speckled trout and red fish, the most sought after
saltwater game fish in Louisiana. You will catch species such as
black drum, sheepshead, flounder and the occasional Jack Cravelle
while on our adventure together. But the trout and reds are the
fish we will be after. I will gladly target one over the other at
Spring and summer will find us fishing the outer bays and lakes
to Black Bay and Breton Sound at the numerous oilrigs, island and
reefs, for rod bending specks and reds. This can be an exciting
time when we fish the flocks of seagulls over schools of trout where
you can catch trout in almost every cast and sometimes two at a
time. When the conditions are right you will enjoy fishing with
top water baits at the reefs and islands and getting explosive strikes
from monster trout from 2 7 lbs. And I dont want to
fail to mention the bull reds 15-30 lbs that you can hook into at
In the fall and winter the fish migrate back into the inland waters,
where we will fish trout and reds with mostly lures. This is a great
time of year because of the pleasant weather, where you can catch
trout and reds in the same place. Mid fall we will target the specks
and reds in the shallow lakes and grass flats. As the weather gets
cold, we will fish the deep holes where the trout will be stacked
up. An added bonus is viewing the abundant ducks, which fill the
marsh at this time of year.