Outdoor Life friend and Venice, Louisiana charterboat skipper Devlin Roussell has been through hell before. Venice was Ground Zero for Hurricane Katrina which completely destroyed one of North America’s finest fishing destinations. With Hurricane Gustav’s sights firmly set on Venice again, we’ve asked Roussell to provide Outdoorlife.com readers with updates on storm preparation. Stay tuned to OL.com for the latest on Gustav and how it will affect hunters and fishermen:
“Well Venice, Louisiana is pretty much a ghost town as I write this on Friday evening. While there were still several boats in Cypress Cover Marina this morning, there are, I think, seven right now. But we did get in one last day of fishing before pulling the last of our boats and heading north. Not a bad day, either. We managed a few yellowfin, some blackfin and even had a short-nosed spearfish that we lost right at the boat–pretty cool.
“We fished the Medusa rig this morning and while we were fishing, evacuations were taking place with helicopters coming in and out. Medusa, from what I understand, is the last rig to be evacuated. While heading north with the fourth and last of our boats, I couldn’t help but notice that there were very few lights on in any of the houses from Venice through Buras and on north. There were also no vehicles headed south–strange, strange especially when you consider that it’s Labor Day weekend.
“Don’t mind saying that this morning was a pretty melancholy sort of morning. I won’t get back down here until after Gustav and so had to pack my hunting and fishing stuff. Took ALL of my camo, obviously my guns and every rod and reel I own. My family and I will try to duck the storm in Mississippi where dove season opens on the 1st. Took all of my dekes and put them up on the second floor–that way they (hopefully) won’t float off into the flood waters. I also cleaned out the fridge and freezer–even if the storm hits 100 miles either direction, we’ll lose power.
“Guess the best news of all today was that Gustav seems to be headed a little west of us. I honestly don’t know how the forecasters can even begin to predict a storm track four days out and even before the thing has hit the Gulf, but at least we don’t seem to be the bull’s eye at the moment. Of course, everything can change in an instant.”