BOUTTE, LA—Louisiana anglers are wondering if, or when, they'll be able to get back to their normal lives. Now, one of their sources for answers is also asking a lot of questions.
"Our biggest challenge has been trying to figure out what we're going to put in the next issue," said the magazine's publisher Tony Taylor. "I think people are going to learn a lot from that. We've certainly learned a lot."
Louisiana Sportsman is in its 27th year. Now, the magazine is hurrying to stay on top of which fishing areas are opened or closed. It's also working to keep as many of its advertizers as possible.
"It would be like the end of an era for them to be not in the Sportsman for a month. That would be like losing a member of the family," said company V.P. Mark Hilzim.
Louisiana Sportsman is published by a family-owned company, Louisiana Publishing. It also publishes similar magazines for North and South Carolina and Mississippi.
Company workers hope soon to report that BP's leak is capped and the impact of the oil will be brief. They don't want the anglers' way of life to be the one that got away.