He was born in 1971 and raised in Westwego, Louisiana, where his father supported his family as a commercial fisherman. As a young man of 15, he made the decision to end his schooling and begin working as a deckhand on a commercial trawl boat, following in his father’s footsteps. Although Captain Wayne discontinued his education academically, he found the value in hands on experience. Over the years, Captain Wayne dabbled in many other trades. He explains, “After quitting school, I knew I would have to learn everything on my own to make it. So I’ve always kept an open mind, and will keep learning.” He learned to ship fit and weld, worked in carpentry, flooring, and also started his own fencing company. Even still, Captain Wayne always found himself going back to the water, and those skills, he says, are forever invaluable to his life as a charter guide and homeowner, today.
Whether it’s fishing, shrimping, crabbing, or fishing for oysters, Captain Wayne says, his favorite type of fishing is for, “Whatever is biting!” using anything from spoons to plastic. When preparing for a day of fishing he explains, “The tide and wind direction changes day by day. It’s as simple as looking at which way a flag or trees are blowing. This determines which shoreline I should or shouldn’t fish that day.”
“One of the best things I have learned is if you know there are fish in an area and nothing is happening, sooner or later they have to eat! It’s a game of patience!”
CAPTAIN WAYNE’S METHOD, TIPS & TRICKS:
Windy days- “Try the wind blown banks and pockets.”
Winter days- “Slow down, and pay attention to the habitat around you. If you see birds working on shrimp and it’s all little trout, sometimes the bigger ones are just outside of the action.”
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