The 2014 Best of Louisiana Results Are In!

On the following pages are the people, products and services that were nominated and voted as the best in Louisiana. Over 39,000 votes were cast and there was tight contention in many categories. For the category Best Guide to Fill the Box with Trout, there were 68 nominated guides! Over the next few days, we will roll out more detailed information and the runner ups. Please check back in.

From Coastal Angler Magazine and Don the Outdoors Guy: Congratulations to the winners!

And a big thank you to Berkley, as well as Boat Stuf, St. Bernard Parish and Woodland Plantation for helping us to make this event a success.

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Apparel & Accessories

Best Cold Weather Gear

1 Columbia 38.2%
2 Under Armour 34.6%
3 Bass Pro Shops 12.5%

Best Sunglasses

1 Costa 58.1%
2 Ray Ban 10.4%
3 Maui Jim 9.0%

Best Fishing Footwear

1 New Balance 26.6%
2 Shimano 11.7%
3 Sperry 4.4%

Best Fishing Shirt

1 Columbia 59.7%
2 Magellan 18.1%
3 Academy 9.9%

Best Insect Repellant

1 OFF! 61.2%
2 Avon 21.9%
3 Mosquito Patch 3.8%

Best Sunscreen

1 Bullfrog 46.0%
2 Coppertone 23.3%
3 Banana Boat 20.6%
Boats & Boating

Best Offshore Boat

1 YellowFin 39.1%
2 Glacier Bay 19.7%
3 Hydra Sports 12.8%

Best Bay Boat

1 Blue Wave 15.2%
2 Skeeter 13.5%
3 Champion 13.3%

Best Bass Boat

1 Ranger 41.4%
2 Skeeter 22.7%
3 Triton 13.5%

Best Flats Boat

1 Hell's Bay 31.4%
2 SeaArk 25.8
3 Tim's Flat 23.1%

Best Catamaran

1 Sea Cat 30.8%
2 Glacier Bay 23.1%
3 Freeman 14.4%

Best Kayak

1 Hobie 61.8%
2 Wilderness 14.3%
3 Native 9.0%

Best Outboard Manufacturer

1 Yamaha 59.6%
2 Mercury 33.2%
3 Evinrude E-Tech 3.6%

Best Boat Dealer: Customer Service

1 Bent Marine 23.5%
2 Tim's Marine 19.8%
3 Boat Stuf 15.6%

Best Boat Dealer: Maintenance & Repair

1 Bent Marine 23.1%
2 Tim's Marine 16.5%
3 Boat Stuf 10.5%

Best Electronic Mapping System

1 Garmin 59.2%
2 Standard Mapping Ecard 27.3%
3 C-Map 9.9%

Best GPS/Plotter

1 Lowrance 47.7%
2 Garmin 38.9%
3 Furuno 5.3%

Best Fish Finder

1 Lowrance 56.1%
2 Garmin 24.6%
3 Raymarine 7.5%

Best Trolling Motor

1 Minnkota 60.5%
2 Motor Guide 38.7%
3 Rhodan 0.2%
3 Torqueedo 0.2%

Best Towing Vehicle

1 Chevrolet 38.6%
2 Ford 30.2%
3 Toyota 15.3%
Local Guides & Marinas

Marinas: Best Back-Down

1 Venice Marina 18.5%
2 Campo's 14.2%
3 Breton Sound 14.0%

Marinas: Best Live Bait

1 Campo's 24.4%
2 Bridge Side 16.9%
3 Venice Marina 15.2%

Marinas: Best Value/Prices

1 Campo's 31.6%
2 Breton Sound 17.6%
3 Bobby Lynn’s 17.3%

Marinas: Best Overall Service

1 Sweetwater Marina 25.5%
2 Bridge Side 19.2%
3 Venice Marina 15.5%

Marinas: Best Lure & Tackle Selection

1 Dockside on Lake Pontchartrain 22.9%
2 Bridge Side 20.1%
3 Venice Marina 15.5%

Marinas: If There Could Only be One

1 Venice Marina 24.3%
2 Campo's 19.9%
3 Bridge Side 19.5%

Most Fun Offshore Guide

1st Peace Marvel 34.9%
2nd Chris Nail 24.3%
3rd Kevin Beach 16.5%

Guide with Best Tunes

1st Chris Nail 47.3%
2nd Brett Ryan 37.6%
3rd Peace Marvel

Most Tenacious Offshore Guide

1st Peace Marvel 49.7%
2nd Kevin Beach 40.2%

Best Guide for Filling the Box with Trout

1st Dudley Vandenborre (Lake Pontchartain) 12.5%
2nd Mike Gallo (Lake Pontchartrain) 10.9%
3rd Jack Payne (Delacroix) 10.4%

Best Guide for Pure Entertainment

1st Theophile Bourgeois (Barataria, Outer Islands) 24.0%
2nd Mike Gallo (Lake Pontchartrain/Biloxi Marsh) 21.2%
3rd Jack Payne (Delacroix) 16.2%

Best Guide with Kids & Family

1st Mike Gallo (Lake Pontchartrain) 17.6%
2nd Kenny Kreeger (Lake Pontchartrain) 10.7%
3rd Tommy Pellegrin 10.3%

Best Guides for Instructing/teaching

1st Charlie Thomason (Hopedale) 17.5%
2nd Mike Gallo (Lake Pontchartrain) 17.0%
3rd Dudley Vandenborre 15.9%

Best Guide for Chasing Big Trout

1st Dudley Vandenborre (Lake Pontchartrain) 30.7%
2nd Kenny Kreeger (Lake Pontchartrain) 18.1%
3rd Aaron Pierce (Port Fourchon) 11.9%

Best Guide for Finding Slot Reds

1st Mike Gallo (Lake Pontchartrain) 21.3%
2nd Chas Champagne (Lake Pontchartrain) 12.2%
3rd Marty LaCoste (Dularge) 11.5%

Best Guide for Putting Clients on Bruiser Reds

1st Theophile Bourgeios 21.6%
2nd Owen "Big O" Langridge (Venice) 20.3%
3rd Tommy Pellegrin 15.9%

Guide that gives Best Odds to get the LA Grand Slam (Trout, Red, Flounder, Bass)

1st Kenny Kreeger (Lake Pontchartrain) 32.3%
2nd Warren Dudenheffer (Hopedale) 21.6%
3rd Ron Price 15.7%

Fastest Fish Cleaning Guide

1st Frankie "Filet" Roberts (Delacroix) 45.6%
2nd Mark Trahan (Cocodrie) 26.8%
3rd Glen Sanchez (Hopedale) 14.5%

Best Guide for a Reality TV Show

1st Theophile Bourgeois 37.7%
2nd Peace Marvel 28.2%
3rd Jack Payne 24.1
Lagniappe

Best Cooler

1 Yeti 50.4%
2 Igloo 25.8%
3 k2 13.5%

Most Concerning Issue for Sportsmen

1 Coastal Erosion 68.2%
2 Fishery Management 21.8%
3 Oil Platform Destruction 7.6%

Best Conservation Organization

1 CCA 52.2%
2 Save LA Coalition 19.2%
3 Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation 18.5%

Best Redfish Tournament Organization

1 LA Saltwater Series 61.74%
2 IFA 28.4%
3 HT Series 8.7%

Best Local Kayak Tournament

1 Ride the Bull 49.8%
2 Paddle Palooza 34.3%
3 Fall N Tide 12.1%

Best Ethanol Free Gas Station

1 Redfish Trading Co. (Slidell) 28.0%
2 T-pops (Golden Meadow 19.6%

Best Bank Fishing Spot

1 Highway 1 45.1%
2 Seabrook Wall 15%
3 St. Tammany Fishing Pier 12.3%

Best Weather Site/Server

1 NOAA 65.5%
2 The Weather Channel 31.2%
3 NWS 0.8%

Best Tasting Wild-caught Fish

1 Trout 25.2%
2 Tuna 14.3%
3 Flounder 12.4%

Best Kayak Fishing Spot

1 Grand Isle 21.5%
2 Delacroix 17.7%
3 Leeville 13.9%

Best Way to Keep a "cheevo" off your fish

1 Sardines (create a slick) 60.9%
2 Popcorn 39.1%

Best Boat Food

1 Sandwhiches 42.8%
2 Snacks: Chips/nutrition bars/jerky, etc. 26.6%
3 Fried Chicken 13.2%

Best Bad Weather Fishing Area to Salvage the Day

1 Rigolets/West Pearl 22.0%
2 MRGO 16.6%
3 Bayou Bienvenue 14.7%

Favorite Season to Fish

1 Spring 39.3%
2 Fall 36.1%
3 Summer 21.0%

Best Boat Beer

1 Bug Light 31.3%
2 Michelob Ultra 15.3%
3 Miller Lite 12.3%

Best Boat Craft/Micro Brew

1 Abita 58.3%
2 Founders All Day IPA 8.3%
2 New Belgium 8.3%
2 NOLA Brew 8.3%
2 Parish Brewing Co. 8.3%
Bait, Tackle & Gear

Best Offshore Rod

1st Shimano 36.4%
2nd PENN 35.9%
3rd Ugly Stick 14.7%

Best Light Tackle Rod

1st Shimano 20.8%
2nd Ugly Stick 14.7%
3rd St. Croix 14.1%

Best Rod/Reel Combo

1st Shimano/Shimano 18.7%
2nd Abu Garcia Combo 14.9%
3rd St. Croix/Shimano 10.9%
3rd Ugly Stick/Shimano 10.9%

Best Heavy Tackle Reel

1st PENN 48.2%
2nd Shimano 22.9%
3rd Abu Garcia (9.1%)

Best Light Tackle Reel

1st Shimano 51.3%
2nd Abu Garcia 18.5%
3rd Okuma 8.5%

Best Braided Fishing Line

1st Power Pro 48.7%
2nd Spiderwire 20.5%
3rd Berkley 11.4%

Best Fluorocarbon

1st Seaguar 25.0%
2nd Berkley 23.3%
3rd Stren 12.1%

Best Monofilament

1st Berkley Trilene 35.1%
2nd Stren 22.9%
3rd Suffix 12.0%

Best Jighead

1st H&H Lures 42.5%
2nd Strike King 21.0%
3rd Generic 13.7%

Best Soft Plastic Speckled Trout Lure

1st Berkley Gulp! Shrimp (Chartreuse) 25.5%
2nd Votrex Matrix Shad 20.9%
3rd Category 5 Suicide Croaker (Natural) 17.6%

Best Hard Plastic Speckled Trout Lure

1st Mirrolure Top Dog (red/white) 69.3%
2nd Corky Lures Fat Boy 13.1%
3rd Hedon Super Spook Jr. (black) 9.0%

Best Scented Speckled Trout & Redfish Lure

1st Berkley Gulp! Shrimp 68.2%
2nd Berkley Gulp! Alive 18.1%
3rd Berkley Gulp! Mullet 10.9%

Best Saltwater Flies

1st Clouser Minnow 37.8%
2nd Popper Flies 24.9%
3rd Bonefish Charlie 17.8%

Best Soft Plastic Swimbait

1st Category 5 Shrimp Minnow 17.5%
2nd Berkley Gulp! Mullet 15.2%
2nd H&H Lures Cocahoe 12.3%

Best Soft Plastic Redfish Lure

1st Berkley Gulp! Alive Shrimp 23.6%
2nd Category 5 Suicide Croaker 17.5%
3rd Matrix Shad 13.9%

Best Hard Plastic Redfish Lure

1st Johnson Weedless Spoon 22.8%
2nd Mirrolure Top Dog (Gold) 21.8%
3rd Heddon Super Spook, Jr. 12.7%

Best Redfish Lure Overall

1st Berkley Gulp! Shrimp 21.5%
2nd Category 5 Suicide Croaker 18.0%
3rd Matrix Shad 10.5%

Best Speckled Trout Lure Overall

1st Berkley Gulp! Shrimp 20.2%
2nd Category 5 Suicide Croaker 17.0%
3rd Deadly Dudley Terror Tail 12.9%

Best Bass Lure Overall

1st Berkley Gulp! Worm 17.6%
2nd Category 5 Wicked Worm 17.4%
3rd Zoom Baby Brush Hog 17.2%

Best Louisiana-born Lure

1 Deadly Dudley Terror Tail 22.6%
2 Category 5 Suicide Croaker 17.3%
3rd H&H Lures Sparkle Beetle 16.7%