When outdoor brands want to test their newest gear in a fantastic inshore fishery, a great place to head is Louisiana. Unpredictable weather, unforgiving saltwater marsh and burly redfish are common in Buras, a small town 65 miles south and east of New Orleans. What better conditions to test new products?
That's where I traveled in mid-August to target redfish, black drum and speckled trout.
We stayed at a well-known fishing lodge that's battled through hurricanes and high flood waters to cement itself as a great home base for fishermen and hunters. Cajun Fishing Adventures was the site of this year's Buras Marsh Media Bash, host to outdoor media journalists and top fishing companies like LiveTarget Lures, 13 Fishing, Huk Gear, Mustad Hooks, Z-Man Fishing Products, Yamaha Outboards, Power-Pole and Skeeter Boats.
The gathering of manufacturers and media has become a bit of a tradition over the last couple years, with both sides returning annually to test out the newest tackle and gear. I've been lucky enough to report on past events in 2016 and 2015.