The gunner who finds himself in such a predicament can either concentrate on ducks until the next flock of geese passes overhead or—if he has his limit—he can go fishing. The bays and passes of the Delta are full of red-fish and sea trout. Just offshore, pompano, bluefish, red snapper and cobia are caught in the shadow of oil-drilling rigs, while out in the blue water there are marlin, sailfish and tuna.
Despite the constant encroachment on the marshes by the oil and natural gas industries, the Delta continues to build up, creeping farther and farther out into the gulf every year and creating more shelter and feed for the ducks and geese. "La terre tremblant got what de ducks and de geese want," says Isidore Barrois. "And she is not easy country to make tame. I think she stay de same for a long, long time."