The first time I went fishing down in the Louisiana, I wasn’t at all prepared for the deluge of new words that would fall upon my ears. It was like I was visiting another country where everyone spoke an entirely different language. For example:
“Look out yonder in my bateau and find youself one of dem poles what’s got a red and sparkletail gigue on the ling,” my host said as we pulled up to the dock. “If we can find us a bande of hungry sac-à-lait, dey’ll bite dat fo’ sho.”
I had not a clue what he said and just stood there, dumbfounded.
As Louisiana is a favored destination for many non-resident fishermen, I thought I might save some of these out-of-state “pêcheurs” from the same embarassment by sharing a few Cajun words and phrases likely to be heard on a Bayou State fishing trip. If you spend some time studying them, maybe you’ll be able to interpret what is being said. Maybe.