The days and months after Hurricane Katrina hit Venice, Louisiana dead center were bleaker than anyone in the inshore or offshore fishing industry could have ever imagined. Marinas were destroyed, boats were sunk, most motels and homes simply ceased to exist. Infrastructure and economic recovery seemed a long-shot at best and this area long-recognized as one of if not the very best fishing destinations in North America seemed destined for status as a footnote in fishing folklore. But the recreational fishing industry of Venice, Louisiana would have none of it. Indeed, their message just a couple of weeks after the devastation of Katrina was crystal clear-"Come Fish With Us!" The fishermen did return and despite the poor economy skippers were operating at or near capacity for spring and summer months.