Isle au Pitre

After two friends tired of playing with the dolphins in Creole Gap, they swam on over to the island. On their arrival, the scraggly raccoon that had been patrolling the shell beach retreated to the interior. The boys walked down the line throwing a cast net, dumping the catch into a bucket. After a while they returned to the father and the beat-up old skiff that had brought them. They moved out over the submerged appendage of Isle of Pitre called Flat Boat Key where they spent the rest of the day shimmering in the heat, occasionally yelping with pleasure, catching specks and talking to porpoises.

Isle au Pitre is extremely popular with Mississippians, but few Louisiana anglers fish it. Just off the coast of the Misissippi mainland, as close as 9 miles, lies the pristine Louisiana marsh island known as Isle au Pitre. Forming the most northeastern tip of all Louisiana's vast marshlands, Isle au Pitre runs approximately 2 miles in length. Surrounded by the Mississippi Sound, Lake Borgne, endless acres of Louisiana marshland to the west, and the Chandeleur Sound to the south, Isle au Pitre's location makes it an ideal pitstop for some of the hottest summertime speckled trout fishing in the Bayou State. An accomplished speckled trout angler, Danny Bledsoe, owner of Biloxi Rod & Tackle, has fished the famed Flatboat Key and Isle au Pitre's surrounding fish-filled water for over 30 years. "Late afternoons when a falling tide is shooting over the bar is my favorite time to fish Flatboat," he said. (Robert L. Brodie Louisiana Sportsman June 1998)

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