TRIP DOWN SOUTH TO “TIBBY-DOE”

If you live in south Louisiana, you call the name of the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, “Tibby-doe.”

If you live in north Louisiana up in red-neck country, you call the city by the same name as folks in Cajun country. North or south, its pronounced “Tibby-doe.”

I mention Thibodaux, home to some 16,000 residents because I just got back from there. Last weekend, the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) held its annual conference to celebrate the 75th year the organization has been in existence.

From my front door in Ruston to the Hampton Inn on Canal St. in Thibodaux, your odometer reads 275 miles. It’s a long haul from just about anywhere north of Alexandria. I was there for a brief time but there are several things that stand out about this city. When I left Ruston, my yard was in the process of burning to a crisp due to lack of rain. I drove into town Saturday morning with windshield wipers slapping out a tempo. It was raining and folks I talked to mentioned that it rains there nearly every day due, I suppose from its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Saw an awful lot of greenery there.

If you looked on a map, move your finger down, down again and way down to Baton Rouge. Thibodaux is 68 miles south of Baton Rouge. It’s 60 miles south west of the Big Easy.

The country up this way is known for its plethora of pine trees and fields of corn and soy beans. Down there, I saw hundreds of thousands of acres of sugar cane. You’d drive by a field and it was sugar cane as far as the eye could see.

Water? You want to see lots of water? Thibodaux is surrounded by canals and bayous and streams and cypress breaks. It sits on the banks of Bayou Lafourche. I spotted several vehicles parked along Highway 90 with folks sitting in lawn chairs and holding fishing rods. Although I didn’t see any, these same waters are home to a whole boatload of alligators.

Digging into the history of the city, it was founded in the late 1700s on the banks of the Lafourche and was a trading post between New Orleans and the Bayou Teche country. In 1808, Thibodaux became the parish seat of Lafourche Parish after the Louisiana Purchase was completed. The city was named for one of the early settlers Henry Schuyler Thibodaux. Probing a bit further, a travel guide commenting on Thibodaux a “classic Cajun community, big on fishing and reasons to party.”

I’ll bet that’s right.

Today, the city is home to Nichols State University, a four-year university offering over 100 programs of study with top ranked Nursing, Business, Biology, and Culinary Arts. For the sports fan, I learned that such well known college and professional football players are from this area. They include Eric Andolsek, Alan Faneca, Jarvis Green, Jordan Mills and Doug Moreau.

The city has been mentioned in several well known songs, such as Jerry Reed’s Amos Moses where he mentions the parents of Amos as “Doc Milsap”. I’m afraid Reed didn’t research the area well enough, located in his song as “forty-five minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Milsap? That doesn’t sound like a Cajun name. Doc “Broussard” or “Breaux” maybe.

I enjoyed my stay down there and would recommend to folks in this part of the country to plan a visit to the city of Tibby-doe. Oops….Thibodaux.

”The area around Thibodaux features swamps and lots of water.” Glynn Harris photo

FISHING REPORT

CANEY LAKE – Bass continue to school with some caught on topwater lures while bigger fish are hitting DD-22 crank baits of big plastic worms on the channel edges and drop-offs. Crappie are fair fishing shiners or jigs around the deeper tops. Bream fishing is fair around the lake on crickets or worms. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream fishing has been good on crickets fished around the trees. Bass and crappie slow to fair. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – The river is on a slow rise Bass are best fishing the cuts with shad imitation lures. Crappie are best up the bayou and around tops in the river. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – The crappie are in the typical summer pattern as they have moved deep in the channels with jigs and shiners picking up a few. Bass are better around grass early mornings on topwater lures and buzz baits. Later in the day, some are being caught on crank baits and soft plastics. Bream are fair in the sloughs while catfish continue to bite fishing night crawlers or cold worms off the banks. For latest information, call Anderson Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bass fishing has been fair this week with soft plastics picking up a few. The crappie have moved to brush along the channels and best catches have been made fishing shiners 8-10 feet deep in 16 foot water. Catfishing has been fair to good on cold worms or blood bait. Bream are fair on crickets. No report on stripers. For latest information, call Kel’s Cove at 927-2264 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing is fair while crappie and bream are slow. Bass have been fair with a 6 pounder reported. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – Catfishing has been good on yo-yos. Bass are fair while bream and crappie are slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is on a slow fall and fishing in general has been rather slow. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.


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