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    Default Louisiana Redfish

    I am in conversation with Cpt. Greg Arnold of Louisiana for a redfishing trip. His reputation preceeds him as he has guided many anglers to a plethore of record fish (state and world). I was wondering if anybody has any personal knowledge of the man. If you feel uncomfortable posting it publicly, then please, PM me.

    He has said we will fish the Hopedale area. I have no knowledge of this area as my experience has been limited to Venice and Cocodrie (Dulac) Louisiana
    Homer

    There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfzx View Post
    I am in conversation with Cpt. Greg Arnold of Louisiana for a redfishing trip. His reputation preceeds him as he has guided many anglers to a plethore of record fish (state and world). I was wondering if anybody has any personal knowledge of the man. If you feel uncomfortable posting it publicly, then please, PM me.

    He has said we will fish the Hopedale area. I have no knowledge of this area as my experience has been limited to Venice and Cocodrie (Dulac) Louisiana
    Have you considered Gary Taylor?

    All those guides down there have State/World record Reds in their books for the most part, I wouldn't let that direct you to choosing a guide.

    Gregg has been around down there for a long time, well known, some like him, some don't, you will have that with all guides...

    My honest advice, if you get a good feeling about him by talking to him, use him, a lot about getting a good experience with a guide is if you mesh well with him on a personal level so to speak....

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    Yes, we did consider Gary. Lefty has said some wonderful things about Cpt Taylor in past conversations I've had with him. Unfortunately, Gary was not available for the dates I am locked into.

    This trip is going to be a bit of a whorl-wind. A week in Cocodrie, then across to Venice for a few days, then back to the Big Easy for a few more days. I am my father-in-laws traveling companion, and he calls the shots as far as dates and times, I help pick guides and species.
    Homer

    There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979

    Anger is like peeing in your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel it. ~Jeff Yalden

    Remember: The winner gets to write the history books.

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    Well other than the guys at Uptown Angler, I really don't know of any other options for you that time of year than Gregg...

    I have always heard Gregg was one heck of a nice guy, never met him personally.

    Hope you have a safe and enjoyable journey!
    Last edited by kwb; 02-19-2013 at 07:52 PM.

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    I have not fished with Capt Arnold. but I did meet him when I was in N.O last October and he was a very nice man to talk with. I chartered with Capt. Barrett.

    Cpt. Brown who introduced me to Cpt. Arnold. I will say this much, I would not hesitate to go with Capt. Brown again and if I could not book with him my next call would be to Capt, Arnold.

    I was staying with N.O. and Capt Brown picked me up at my hotel at 7am and then drove at least an hour to get to the diner for breakfast which is were I met Capt. Arnold. After breakfast we drove at least another half hour to the boat launch and fished all day and then he drove me back to the hotel. That kind of door to door service is why I would book with Cat. Brown again.

    Good luck on your decision
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    I fished with Rich Waldner, stayed at the Woodland Pantation and he picked us up, put in behind Port Sulphur High. Had an awesome day, he is a really fun dude and really knows his stuff.
    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" - Lee Wulff

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    Thanks Guys! I did book with Cpt. Greg Arnold, and am looking forward to a great trip!
    Homer

    There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, 1979

    Anger is like peeing in your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel it. ~Jeff Yalden

    Remember: The winner gets to write the history books.

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    We (wife, 2 sons) fished Monday and Tuesday (11th, 12th) with Greg Dini and Miles LaRose out of the Rosedale area. I think your guide works with Greg and Miles, if he is who I think he is his fisherman had great success, plus he has a nice boat.

    Monday was brutal winds, 25+ so we opted for spinning tackle, Thomas my oldest caught 2 on plastics to 13# with Greg.

    Tuesday was a completely different day. Mom was sick so I fished with Greg alone, Thomas and Sam fishes with Miles.

    I saw easily 100+ reds, couple in the 20# range. Caught 3 at 25-28" in the 5-8# range. Greg had me using a bushy heavy rabbit tail Clouser, red/yellow tail with purple head. Casting was all very very close (forget the 80-100' stuff). Work on your quick short extremely accurate casts with lots of wind. You'll need to hit 12" circles quick with no false casting. I can't over emphasize show accurate with bushy flies you have to be. Practice casting off you back shoulder too as they of then slip up from all sides.

    My sons did much better with 4-5 reds each and Thomas caught a 7+# Sheepshead. Sam's first keeper sized game fish on a fly was a 8#ish red.

    Greg Dini is a great guide but is also a tough taskmaster. Be ready for quick critique but completely useful feedback.The boys loved fishing with Miles.

    We used 8wts but 9 or 10 wt is not out of place in the wind with big flies. Secondly a really big red can be tough is you are really back in the weeds. If you don't have proper tackle all the guides have great stuff to use.

    They picked us up each morning at our hotel in New Orleans. They have great places for a quick breakfast and pick up sandwiches for the boat.

    We're going back when I save some more pennies.

    Will post picks later,

    Pete A.

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    Sounds like a fine trip and you wrote a great trip report.

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    Here's pics from fishing with Miles LaRose & Greg Dini.

    Sam with his first keeper size game fish on a fly:


    Thomas with a 7#+ Sheepshead:


    Here's me bundled up (cold wind all day):


    Both boys with a double:


    All fish caught were CPR (catch photo release).

    We had blast, if you need good guides do quick "google" search for Greg Dini and/or Miles LaRose. Both are great guys who will put you on the fish.

    Pete A.

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