Eddy Fisher Jr., who holds the Louisiana license, says he’s a big fan of the bass fishers.
“Eileen was my first big fish and I’m still a big fish fan,” he said.
Fisher Jr. has lived in New Orleans since he was 14.
“I just got a new house and I got a little bit more time,” he added.
“It’s not like I’m going to just go back home, but I think it’s cool to have some of the best bass fishing in the state.”
The state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has issued permits for more than 40,000 anglers since it opened its doors in 2010.
Fisher said the Louisiana licenses are not as common as those in other states, but they’re still a welcome addition to the state’s fishing community.
“These guys are going to do what they do and they’re going to fish,” he explained.
“They’re going out there and catching bass, whatever it may be.”
He said the state licenses help anglers get a better sense of the fish they’re catching.
“We’re in the middle of the summer, we’re not getting the fish that we’re looking for,” he noted.
“But I don’t think we need to have that worry.
I just think we want to know exactly what’s on the water.”
In the fall, the state of Louisiana will begin issuing licenses for recreational fishing in New England.
Fisher’s group plans to open a license for a large, striped bass, and he hopes to have the license for both recreational and commercial angling by the end of next year.
For now, he’s focused on fishing with the license, but he is open to expanding the license to allow anglers to fish with other types of fish, such as trout, muskies and other species.
“You could have a whole class of fishing for those fish, so I’m not against that at all,” Fisher Jr said.
“For me, it’s just that I’m looking to see what happens next year.”
The licenses can be obtained online.