Sports Fishing season devastated before it began by Gulf spill.
By Alastair Good in The Gulf of Mexico. Even though Louisiana proudly boasts of having year round sport fishing, it’s the spring season from March to September that’s most popular with visitors.”We waited all winter for the spring, ‘ explains Captain Keith Kennedy of Born To Fish Charters, ‘and the fishing was good, we were having a great time.’ This was on the day the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and it wasn’t too long before Kennedy’s sport fishing season was sunk as well.
Captain Kennedy usually takes sports fishermen out off the coast of Louisiana to fish for Speckled Trout and Redfish but since April 20th he’s been out of work.
Other fishermen have joined the Vessels Of Opportunity programme run by BP to help with the clean up but Kennedy feels uncomfortable taking money from the people he feels put him out of business.
There is a compensation scheme available to which he has signed up but like so many others here in the Gulf, the loss he feels most keenly isn’t the money.
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